When did we start using 12pt fonts?

And why?

I just did a homework assignment, and because I used Google Docs (testing that out for homework), a lot of it is 11 pt font (Google Doc’s default font size).  Some of it was also 12 pt that I’d changed manually before.  I have to say, I like 11 pt a lot better.  It’s more comfortable to read.  And I remember that it used to be the default font size in Word back in the 90’s.  When did that change?  And why?  Because teachers and professors can’t read the smaller font?  Was it just because 11 is an odd number?

These are the thoughts that go through my head late at night.  And it’s sad. 🙂

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