The Truth About Lorem Ipsum

What is Lorem Ipsum? | Eurolinguiste

I just could not help myself, being the nerdy person that I am, looking up lorem ipsum – the seemingly random text generated for the text spaces on design templates – to find out its origin.

The Truth About Lorem Impsum

Lo and behold, to my surprise, lorem ipsum, is not random at all but an excerpt from a book published in 45 BC by Cicero.

This book, “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum”, meaning “The Extremes of Good and Evil” was a popular treatise on ethics, particularly during the Renaissance. It came into use as “filler text” in the 1500s by a printer and was re-popularized in the 1960s.

There are many more contemporary versions of lorem ipsum including “ghetto lorem ipsum,”, “beer ipsum,” and “fillerati.” A simple Google search for “lorem ipsum fun” produces a number of more humorous alternatives to lorem ipsum. Be wary – some generators may insert what could be considered embarrassing text into the middle of the sample so be certain to glance all the way through!

If you are interested in finding out more or generating your own lorem ipsum text, visit the Ipsum site.


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Published on: August 23, 2013

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