Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. L orem Ip sum has been the industry’ s standard dumm y text ever since the 1500s, when an unkn own pri nter took a galley of type and scramb led it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not on ly five ce n tu ries, but also the leap into electroni c type setting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was p opulari sed in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipvvvsum passages, and mo re recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including ersions of L orem Ipsu

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, conse ctetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the w ord in cla ssical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum c omes 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.