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Lorem Ipsum What?

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Not quite real Latin but not quite total gibberish either, Lorem ipsum is the dummy text you seen in almost any sample layout. The text comes from Cicero’s De finibus bonorum et malorum, but words have be removed and altered so actual readers of Latin would find it nonsensical. The original begins like this, Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet consectetur adipisci velit…

What you have in the end is a body of text that roughly approximates the letter frequencies and word lengths of English. It’s unclear exactly when typographers first started using Lorem ipsum, but the current version was popularized by PageMaker (aka PageMonster for its creaky ways) on the Mac.

In the graphic design business, nonsense filler like this is known, somewhat incongruously, as greeking, presumably because it’s Greek to me. It was available for many years on adhesive sheets in different sizes and typefaces from a company called Letraset. In pre-desktop-publishing days, a designer would cut the stuff out with an X-acto knife and stick it on the page. When computers came along, Aldus included lorem ipsum in its PageMaker publishing software, and you now see it wherever designers are at work, including all over the Web.

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