I ran across an article the other day on Facebook about how horrible the Comic Sans MS font is. Really? I love this font. It's my default font for emails in part because it's a bit larger for the size and therefore easier for my old eyes to read. I love the way it leans towards being cursive without really being cursive. I gather I'm alone in this since there seems to be a lot of people who hate the font.
Comic Sans MS is a sans-serif font. Serifs are the little wispy ends to a letter, the base of the A or the curly cue on the top of the g. "Sans" means without, so a sans-serif font is a block letter font without all the little flourishes. The font was originally designed to be used in comics/graphic novels. You know, the words in the little balloons above the character's head. It was designed to be a casual font, not at all formal. It became part of the Microsoft Word program back in the days of Windows 95 so it's been available for a long time.
The argument against the font seems to center on it's use in formal writing. Apparently a "casual" font isn't allowed in a formal setting. I'm not sure what qualifies as a formal setting but I guess anywhere other than in little balloons. The comparison made was like wearing a clown suit to a formal dinner. Hmmm. Maybe the folks in the formal attire need to get over themselves.
On the other side of the question is what makes Comic Sans MS a perfect font. It is the fact that nearly every single letter is really different from all the others. The exception is that b and d are mirror images of each other but g and q are not. This makes this font perfect for people with dyslexia because it's easier to read, easier to distinguish.
I learned to write cursive as a child, of course, since I'm old, but these days I use a hodgepodge of cursive and printed letters that sort of reminds me of Comic Sans. I hope the font doesn't go away for all those with dyslexia and for those of us without.