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The Meaning of “Lorem Ipsum”

February 7, 2011
Posted by Scott Leisler

You’ve probably seen the Latin phrase that starts with “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.” It has been used for years as “filler copy” for projects awaiting final content for print and web. We’ve probably even sent a few things your way to look at that included it as placeholder text. But what does it mean? After a little intellectual curiosity, I looked it up and thought it was worthy of sharing.

To sum it up quickly, the text is derived from sections 1.10.32-33 of Cicero’s writings, De finibus bonorum et malorum (The Purposes of Good and Evil).

The original passage began: “Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit,” which I am told translates roughly to, “Neither is there anyone who loves grief itself since it is grief and thus wants to obtain it.”

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