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What is Lorem Ipsum, exactly?

Lorem Ipsum is the printing and typesetting industry’s dummy text. Since the 1500s, when an unknown printer scrambled a galley of type to construct a type specimen book, Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard sham text. It has stood the test of time, surviving not just five centuries but also the transition to electronic typesetting. It became popular in the 1960s when Letraset sheets featuring Lorem Ipsum passages were released, and more recently with desktop publishing tools like Aldus PageMaker that included Lorem Ipsum renditions.

Why do we make use of it?
It is a well-known fact that a reader’s attention will be diverted from a page’s layout by its readable content. The advantage of employing Lorem Ipsum over ‘Content here, content here’ is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, making it look like readable English. Lorem Ipsum is currently the default model text in many desktop publishing tools and web page editors, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will turn up a slew of new websites. Over the years, other variants have emerged, sometimes by mistake, sometimes on intent (injected humour and the like).

What is the source of it?
Lorem Ipsum isn’t just some random text, contrary to popular opinion. Its origins can be traced back to 45 BC in a piece of classical Latin literature, making it nearly 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Virginia’s Hampden-Sydney College, looked up one of the more obscure Latin terms, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage and identified the undoubted source by looking up mentions of the phrase in classical literature. Cicero’s “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil), penned in 45 BC, has Lorem Ipsum in sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33. This book is a popular dissertation on the notion of ethics during the Renaissance. “Lorem ipsum dolor,” says the first line of Lorem Ipsum.

For those who are interested, the standard piece of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced here. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of Cicero’s “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” are also published in their entirety, together with English translations from H. Rackham’s 1914 translation.

I’m not sure where I can buy some.
There are many different versions of Lorem Ipsum passages accessible, but the vast majority have been altered in some way, whether by inserted humour or randomised words that don’t look even remotely plausible. If you’re going to use a piece from Lorem Ipsum, be sure it doesn’t contain anything embarrassing in the middle.

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