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February 22, 2006

Lorem Ipsum

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. In congue enim eget felis. Maecenas placerat. Nullam ante lacus, iaculis sed, porta ut, vehicula non, libero. Praesent ante ante, hendrerit sed, sodales varius, adipiscing quis, odio. Etiam gravida lacinia erat. Nulla at diam. Etiam commodo. Morbi at urna. Aenean vel dui. Donec eu pede. Fusce lacus risus, luctus nec, dictum vitae, sagittis quis, metus. Duis commodo faucibus lorem. Sed eu ligula non erat sodales mattis. Duis imperdiet, ligula eu placerat tempor, justo mauris tristique urna, at sodales est ante vitae ipsum. Sed pretium. Suspendisse consequat fringilla arcu. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Vivamus eu nunc.

Have you ever had the sneaking suspicion that you've seen that dummy text before? In fact you probably have. It's called the 'Lorem Ipsum', and it is actually a real text with a real history.

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.

Now you know. (plus you know how empty my head is today).

Posted by mbowen at February 22, 2006 06:15 PM

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Thanks for clearing that up. I thought my Latin was rusty.

Posted by: Tom at February 23, 2006 04:58 PM

Tom, your Latin is not rusty. That is Latin. Just not arranged in any meaningful way due to the way galleys were created in the 1500s. Given the vocabulary, the text is late Silver Age Latin -- in particular, the text is chopped up Cicero;
see http://www.lorem-ipsum.info/ or http://www.lipsum.com/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorem_ipsum

The version of the lorem ipsum Cobb has posted is incorrect; it contains some Horace too (the word Maecenas is used in one place -- the tenth of the Odes of Horace, in which Horace extolls in hexameter the virtue of his patron).

So Cobb's head-emptiness has been taken to a whole new level both by people with whole websites dedicated to the lorem ipsum, and by us, who dare to comment on such things.

Posted by: UncleSmrgol [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 26, 2006 05:41 PM

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