gah, i think i made a rookie mistake. i upgraded to kde 3.5.4. it went well. afterwards i decided to install deja vu fonts. they seemed to install fine. i went to change them and they werent in the list of available fonts. did i quick reboot and now all my text is square!!  .. any ideas on a fix for this?
Try this command as root
fc-cache -f -v
---for there is nothing either good or bad, but only thinking makes it so....
Hamlet, W Shakespeare
nice! it worked. i thank you very much.