What does Lorem Ipsum mean?

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.

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).
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:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc sit amet libero erat, sit amet mollis enim. Integer velit nisl, tempor nec bibendum a, hendrerit in purus. Curabitur mattis urna ac augue dignissim pulvinar a eget neque. Donec dictum arcu nec sem iaculis dictum. Vestibulum erat leo, consequat in posuere non, congue at dolor. Sed nec odio nec orci lacinia tempus ut vel lectus. Nullam mi velit, ornare quis suscipit ac, vulputate a turpis. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Nulla semper sagittis tristique.

Sed semper nibh id velit auctor hendrerit. Donec porta odio in metus luctus sed sagittis neque semper. Aenean egestas scelerisque lorem ornare ultricies. Nullam in leo felis, vel viverra mi. Etiam et ligula urna, et bibendum tortor. Nam mollis sem et mauris consequat pellentesque. Quisque venenatis justo a lorem convallis molestie.

Phasellus auctor lectus orci. Phasellus mauris velit, sodales pretium lacinia eu, bibendum eget ipsum. Donec vehicula arcu nec dui sodales non lacinia ante eleifend. Aliquam erat volutpat. Vestibulum rutrum nisl commodo nibh adipiscing lacinia. Curabitur orci tellus, feugiat sit amet rutrum et, sodales lacinia purus. Aliquam eget enim a odio sagittis vulputate at nec purus.


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