What Is Lorem Ipsum? Where Can I Get It?

Written by Pavan Kumar on September 13, 2008



If you are into the world of blogging for a few days, you are most expected to have seen the paragraph Lorem Ipsum …………. which goes as follows:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Fusce lacinia mi sit amet felis. Aliquam viverra, velit vitae tempus viverra, dolor augue vehicula felis, non lobortis urna lectus in metus. Nulla eleifend varius pede. Morbi eleifend malesuada velit. Pellentesque vel mauris imperdiet purus sagittis dictum. Vivamus pede velit, iaculis vitae, elementum quis, rutrum et, nisl. Donec feugiat, arcu in tristique malesuada, risus turpis consequat turpis, quis iaculis enim risus eu libero. Vestibulum ac pede sit amet quam dictum porttitor. Suspendisse tincidunt. Integer elit purus, blandit in, ornare ut, aliquet non, neque. Pellentesque laoreet. In aliquam turpis. Curabitur rhoncus nibh nec nunc. Aenean ut leo.

Lorem Ipsum - The Random TextConfused by above set of text? You are expected if you are new to internet. This Lorem Ipsum is a default dummy text which you can observe just to fill in the space. If any wordpress theme is created, the authors usually fill the same text to display how the template works. It is a placeholder text to show the graphical components of a document or any visual presentation like typography, font and layout.

There are few facts about that which we never knew:

  1. It is used in industry as dummy text for printing and typesetting since 1500.
  2. It is believed to have emerged from Latin literature from 45BC which makes it 2000 years old.
  3. It is mostly used so as to distract reader from reading the text while looking for layout and design.
  4. It has a very regular word distribution which makes it suit to any layout without any problems with alignments.
  5. Most of the desktop publishing softwares have included this as a default text. It can also be seen in Microsoft Word 2007 by typing =lorem() and hit enter.
  6. Most of you might not know, it has an English translation made by Rackham in 1914 and here it follows:

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?


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2 Readers responded to this post

This is very informative. Actually I don’t know ( and many others) what exactly Lorem Ipsm, and how to write this. now it is clear..

@ JK

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    Pavan Kumar completed Engineering in Electronics and Communication in the year 2008. He is very enthusiastic and keen to work on different aspects of computer, internet and mobile related fields. The articles here reflect his creativity. This blog was started as a showcase of solutions for different problems and today it has got a good reputation in the blogosphere. Read More...

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