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What is Lorem Ipsum?

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.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent commodo volutpat urna eget rhoncus. Aliquam pulvinar faucibus nulla vitae pulvinar. Nullam varius nec enim id tempus. Praesent lacinia sapien sed libero commodo, eget imperdiet eros dapibus. Integer non blandit nulla. Duis faucibus imperdiet consequat. Donec viverra orci in augue feugiat, at vehicula nisl sodales. Morbi augue justo, sollicitudin sed venenatis ac, elementum quis sapien. Donec pharetra sem sapien, in posuere ex rutrum id. Vestibulum vulputate eros quis fermentum dapibus. Phasellus ut dui bibendum, maximus arcu eu, imperdiet tortor. Pellentesque ac placerat libero.

Nam porttitor purus sed iaculis gravida. Ut a ipsum ultricies, iaculis nunc eget, lacinia sapien. Maecenas diam ante, facilisis eget lorem elementum, lobortis posuere nibh. Phasellus quis felis iaculis, accumsan ipsum ac, aliquam metus. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia curae; Nulla tempor diam dui. Morbi eu viverra odio, eget dapibus tellus.

Sed vehicula tincidunt nisi, ut pharetra leo blandit sed. Etiam ac nunc in velit scelerisque vestibulum in nec erat. Nunc porttitor nunc in dictum congue. Morbi ultrices auctor enim nec consequat. Cras ornare mollis efficitur. Integer id fermentum sem, a posuere nisl. Sed metus lectus, placerat ac faucibus sit amet, sollicitudin sit amet purus. Fusce in enim lectus. Fusce a est varius, mollis risus at, placerat eros. Suspendisse eget est vestibulum, sollicitudin ligula in, molestie mauris. Nullam porttitor eget lectus eu congue. Cras ac dolor pellentesque, pellentesque orci eget, scelerisque dui. Sed nec sapien et lorem sollicitudin sodales. Nunc diam augue, vestibulum et lectus sed, dignissim mollis magna.

Cras a lobortis nunc, quis vehicula lectus. Vivamus tempor velit id tellus aliquam, at rutrum dolor vulputate. Etiam et rhoncus urna. Integer interdum efficitur leo, id semper nibh convallis sed. Nunc vehicula semper mi, vulputate dictum tortor hendrerit at. Aenean ac nibh et sem tempor malesuada vitae a ligula. Nulla facilisi. Phasellus eu arcu sed quam consequat interdum pulvinar at ante. Nunc erat nisi, placerat luctus pulvinar sodales, commodo ut mauris. In interdum ligula nec diam suscipit, non mollis lorem viverra. Donec dui mi, maximus fringilla commodo at, semper quis orci. Nunc porttitor interdum pulvinar. Duis ultrices rutrum nulla in elementum. Vestibulum pellentesque placerat rhoncus. Etiam interdum finibus accumsan.

Quisque a eleifend tortor. Etiam in lorem metus. Phasellus sit amet lobortis ipsum. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia curae; Morbi a sapien quis ex tempor fermentum. Pellentesque sed sapien fringilla, ornare lorem non, tincidunt tellus. Cras at enim eget ex mattis posuere. Suspendisse rhoncus ex magna, tristique consequat massa laoreet in. Etiam eu faucibus turpis. Suspendisse vestibulum cursus tempor. Aenean lobortis lorem sed placerat dictum. Nunc varius interdum rhoncus. Curabitur et augue nibh. Sed placerat ipsum a libero maximus, vel venenatis sapien malesuada.