Lorem Ipsum is simply dum­my text of the prin­ting and type­set­ting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s stan­dard dum­my text ever since the 1500s, when an unk­nown prin­ter took a gal­ley of type and scrambled it to make a type speci­men book. It has sur­vi­ved not only five cen­tu­ries, but also the leap into elect­ro­nic type­set­ting, remai­ning essen­tial­ly unc­han­ged. It was popu­la­ri­sed in the 1960s with the relea­se of Let­ra­set sheets con­tai­ning Lorem Ipsum pas­sa­ges, and more recent­ly with desk­top publis­hing softwa­re like Aldus Page­Ma­ker inclu­ding ver­sions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long establis­hed fact that a rea­der will be distrac­ted by the rea­dable con­tent of a page when loo­king at its lay­out. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less nor­mal distri­bu­tion of let­ters, as oppo­sed to using ‘Con­tent here, con­tent here’, making it look like rea­dable English. Many desk­top publis­hing pac­ka­ges and web page edi­tors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will unco­ver many web sites still in their infancy. Various ver­sions have evol­ved over the years, some­ti­mes by acci­dent, some­ti­mes on pur­po­se (injec­ted humour and the like).

Where does it come from?

Cont­ra­ry to popu­lar belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply ran­dom text. It has roots in a piece of clas­sical Latin lite­ra­tu­re from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Ric­hard McClin­tock, a Latin pro­fes­sor at Hamp­den-Syd­ney Col­le­ge in Vir­gi­nia, loo­ked up one of the more obscu­re Latin words, con­sec­te­tur, from a Lorem Ipsum pas­sa­ge, and going through the cites of the word in clas­sical lite­ra­tu­re, disco­ve­red the undoub­table source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sec­tions 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Fini­bus Bono­rum et Malo­rum” (The Ext­re­mes of Good and Evil) by Cice­ro, writ­ten in 45 BC. This book is a trea­ti­se on the theo­ry of ethics, very popu­lar during the Renais­sance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in sec­tion 1.10.32.

The stan­dard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is repro­duced below for tho­se inte­res­ted. Sec­tions 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Fini­bus Bono­rum et Malo­rum” by Cice­ro are also repro­duced in their exact ori­gi­nal form, accom­pa­nied by English ver­sions from the 1914 trans­la­tion by H. Rackham.


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