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Lorem ipsum dolor set … September 5, 2007

Posted by Rambling Man in General Bloggery.
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Lorem ipsum dolor set … ever come across these Latin words ? You see them everywhere from printing samples to website mockups to academic literature. But what are they and why exactly have they become the international standard for online space fillers and dummy text ?

You can find a very interesting article (if space fillers tickle your wick !) here which explains what it is and where it came from. The words themselves, of course, are intended to show how the type will look before the text and pages are available.

‘Lorem ipsum’ comes from a book that was quite popular in, as they say around here, Ould God’s time ! “De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) was its name – written around 45 BC by the bould Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

A 1914 translation reads : “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?”

Jaysis weren’t they right clever fellas them Romans all the same hah ? And if that wasn’t enough, you can now buy a Lorem Ipsum mug ! You saw it here first …

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1. Coastal Aussie - September 5, 2007

Interesting reading; I enjoyed it.

2. Rambling Man - September 6, 2007

cheers CA – haven’t heard from you in a while – looking forward to the world cup down there in Oz ?

3. Bock the Robber - September 6, 2007

Those old Romans were clever chaps indeed. Did you know they could even understand Latin?

4. Rambling Man - September 7, 2007

jaysis and they have the internet on computers over there these days ! not just wild, caesar killing, wine swilling hay-dens …

5. Coastal Aussie - September 7, 2007

Hi ! Thanks for your friendly reply… yes, I am looking forward to watching the rugby cup unfolding. We play Japan first with an Irish rerferee. On the tv today, the Aussie team in Lyon seem pretty sure of themselves, and think they should keep winning every second World Cup. I hope it comes down to Australia vs Ireland, then I’ll be happy for however succeeds – Good luck against France on the 21st!

6. Monika - January 19, 2015

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