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What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aenean sit amet mauris tristique, lacinia ipsum et, dignissim enim. Mauris mattis tortor ac dictum consequat. Ut mi velit, semper nec condimentum nec, pellentesque in enim. Cras sollicitudin quis nisl venenatis dictum. Etiam quis facilisis nunc, nec cursus risus. Quisque tempor interdum sagittis. In auctor facilisis felis in sagittis. Nullam vitae arcu placerat, commodo elit ut, porttitor arcu. Maecenas dignissim urna sit amet nulla sollicitudin, eget consectetur ante venenatis. Ut eget elit quis nisi iaculis finibus et vitae est. Sed nec tincidunt nisl, quis eleifend arcu. Donec fringilla luctus ipsum, et elementum risus placerat eget. Donec tempor erat vitae metus hendrerit, rhoncus vulputate risus malesuada. Ut venenatis, leo sit amet eleifend ultrices, libero arcu aliquet sapien, eget convallis nibh ligula eget risus. Nunc feugiat dui vitae purus euismod, eu cursus lorem vestibulum.

Etiam arcu velit, bibendum nec auctor sit amet, lacinia pulvinar odio. Nulla massa leo, euismod et commodo nec, ornare nec tellus. Aliquam nec enim neque. Aenean lacinia massa in sem dignissim fermentum. Integer vitae mollis mauris, vel egestas lectus. Fusce faucibus nulla turpis, ac pretium nunc auctor non. Praesent volutpat dictum enim id interdum. Vivamus et imperdiet quam.

Nullam accumsan tempor suscipit. Integer aliquam hendrerit porttitor. Donec sit amet interdum dolor. Aliquam bibendum pharetra facilisis. Proin consectetur eros pellentesque porta ullamcorper. Nam quis pulvinar felis. Nunc dolor tortor, iaculis vitae purus ut, fringilla blandit felis. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Vivamus rhoncus justo at neque accumsan, eu tincidunt augue pharetra. Aenean tincidunt pretium iaculis. Duis sed nibh eros. Aliquam ut viverra nunc. Vestibulum aliquam metus vel odio vestibulum aliquam.

 

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.

 

Where can I get some?

There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don’t look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn’t anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators on the Internet tend to repeat predefined chunks as necessary, making this the first true generator on the Internet. It uses a dictionary of over 200 Latin words, combined with a handful of model sentence structures, to generate Lorem Ipsum which looks reasonable. The generated Lorem Ipsum is therefore always free from repetition, injected humour, or non-characteristic words etc.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aenean sit amet mauris tristique, lacinia ipsum et, dignissim enim. Mauris mattis tortor ac dictum consequat. Ut mi velit, semper nec condimentum nec, pellentesque in enim. Cras sollicitudin quis nisl venenatis dictum. Etiam quis facilisis nunc, nec cursus risus. Quisque tempor interdum sagittis. In auctor facilisis felis in sagittis. Nullam vitae arcu placerat, commodo elit ut, porttitor arcu. Maecenas dignissim urna sit amet nulla sollicitudin, eget consectetur ante venenatis. Ut eget elit quis nisi iaculis finibus et vitae est. Sed nec tincidunt nisl, quis eleifend arcu. Donec fringilla luctus ipsum, et elementum risus placerat eget. Donec tempor erat vitae metus hendrerit, rhoncus vulputate risus malesuada. Ut venenatis, leo sit amet eleifend ultrices, libero arcu aliquet sapien, eget convallis nibh ligula eget risus. Nunc feugiat dui vitae purus euismod, eu cursus lorem vestibulum.

Etiam arcu velit, bibendum nec auctor sit amet, lacinia pulvinar odio. Nulla massa leo, euismod et commodo nec, ornare nec tellus. Aliquam nec enim neque. Aenean lacinia massa in sem dignissim fermentum. Integer vitae mollis mauris, vel egestas lectus. Fusce faucibus nulla turpis, ac pretium nunc auctor non. Praesent volutpat dictum enim id interdum. Vivamus et imperdiet quam.

Nullam accumsan tempor suscipit. Integer aliquam hendrerit porttitor. Donec sit amet interdum dolor. Aliquam bibendum pharetra facilisis. Proin consectetur eros pellentesque porta ullamcorper. Nam quis pulvinar felis. Nunc dolor tortor, iaculis vitae purus ut, fringilla blandit felis. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Vivamus rhoncus justo at neque accumsan, eu tincidunt augue pharetra. Aenean tincidunt pretium iaculis. Duis sed nibh eros. Aliquam ut viverra nunc. Vestibulum aliquam metus vel odio vestibulum aliquam.