April 12th, 2010


:: Lorem Ipsum ::

:: Lorem Ipsum ::

In publishing and graphic design, lorem ipsum is the name given to
commonly used placeholder text (filler text) to
demonstrate the graphic elements of a document
or visual presentation, such as font, typography, and layout.

The lorem ipsum text, which is typically a
nonsensical list of semi-Latin words,
is an edited version of a Latin text by Cicero,
with words/letters omitted and others inserted,
but not proper Latin.
A close English translation might be
"pain itself" (dolorem = pain, grief, misery, suffering; ipsum = itself).

As nonsense (not actual Latin), the text is not italicized.
The text often begins as, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit".

Even though using "lorem ipsum" often arouses curiosity
because of its resemblance to classical Latin,
it is not intended to have meaning.
Where text is visible in a document, p
eople tend to focus on the textual content rather
than upon overall presentation, so publishers use lorem ipsum
when displaying a typeface or design elements and
page layout in order to direct the focus to the publication style
and not the meaning of the text.

Translated into english, we have: 

Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues
or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain,
but 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?