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An Interesting History

The history of Lorem Ipsum is really interesting.

It’s Latin — Sorta

One thing that no one questions is that Lerem Ipsum is based upon Latin. What’s more, that Latin dates back to 45 BCE in Cicero’s first book of De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (“On the Extremes of Good and Evil”).

There are a few passages taken from the book. But the main one — that includes “lorem ipsum” — is “qui dolorem ipsum.” According to Google Translate, this means “their distressing anguish and the very.”

When It Became Dummy Text

At one time, Lorem Ipsum was thought to be nonsense words. But in the late 1990s, Richard McClintock found the phrase in the 1914 edition of The Loeb Classical Library De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum.

In it, on page 35, the last word is “dolorem.” However, it is hyphenated. So “do-” is on page 35 and “lorem ipsum” is at the top of page 36. So he used this information to find the other parts of Lorem Ipsum.

First Try: 400 Years

At first, McClintock thought the use of Lorem Ipsum dated back over 400 years.

But this belief was based on the memory of seeing very old metal type samples. But when he looked again, he could not find them.

Lorem Ipsum Is Newer

Letraset Dry-Transfer Lettering Sheet
Latraset dry-transfer lettering sheet cropped for image in public domain

His work, and later work by Philippe Cibois, showed that Lorem Ipsum started to be used as a text placeholder seemed to date much later.

They seem to have come from there use on Letraset transfer sheets. These are sheets graphic artists used before computers where they would cut out letters (or in this case, whole phrases). The letters were adhesive-backed, so they could simply be attached to the design page.

Since Letraset opened for business in 1959, most people think Lorem Ipsum started in the 1960s. One thing is certain: it was some time after 1914.

Pagemaker and Beyond

Use of Lorum Ipsum really took off in the 1980s when Aldus (later Adobe) Pagemaker and other computer desktop publishing programs used it.

That’s when it became a real standard. Now it is used in any number of industries and their respective applications.

Quick Copy and Paste

Sometimes, rather than using a tool, it is easier to just copy and paste standard Lorem Ipsum into your documents. So we’ve put together a couple of examples for you.

Plain Text

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem.

Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Integer tincidunt.

Cras dapibus. Aenean vulputate eleifend tellus. Vivamus elementum semper nisi. Aenean leo ligula, porttitor eu, consequat vitae, eleifend ac, enim. Aliquam lorem ante, dapibus in, viverra quis, feugiat a, tellus. Phasellus viverra nulla ut metus varius laoreet. Donec vitae sapien ut libero venenatis faucibus. Quisque rutrum. Aenean imperdiet. Etiam ultricies nisi vel augue. Curabitur ullamcorper ultricies nisi. Nam eget dui.

Etiam rhoncus. Maecenas tempus, tellus eget condimentum rhoncus, sem quam semper libero, sit amet adipiscing sem neque sed ipsum. Nam quam nunc, blandit vel, luctus pulvinar, hendrerit id, lorem.

Maecenas nec odio et ante tincidunt tempus.

Stylized Text

Lorem ipsum

Dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.

Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim.

  1. Donec pede justo
  2. Fringilla vel
  3. Aliquet nec
  4. Vulputate eget
  5. Arcu.

In enim justo

Rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.

Aenean vulputate natoque eleifend tellus. Vivamus elementum semper nisi. Aenean leo ligula, porttitor eu, consequat vitae, eleifend ac, enim. Aliquam lorem ante, dapibus in, viverra quis, feugiat a, tellus. Phasellus viverra nulla ut metus varius laoreet.



Until recently, the prevailing view assumed lorem ipsum was born as a nonsense text. “It’s not Latin, though it looks like it, and it actually says nothing,” Before & After magazine answered a curious reader, “Its ‘words’ loosely approximate the frequency with which letters occur in English, which is why at a glance it looks pretty real.”

As Cicero would put it, “Um, not so fast.”

The placeholder text, beginning with the line “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit”, looks like Latin because in its youth, centuries ago, it was Latin.

Richard McClintock, a Latin scholar from Hampden-Sydney College, is credited with discovering the source behind the ubiquitous filler text. In seeing a sample of lorem ipsum, his interest was piqued by consectetur—a genuine, albeit rare, Latin word. Consulting a Latin dictionary led McClintock to a passage from De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (“On the Extremes of Good and Evil”), a first-century B.C. text from the Roman philosopher Cicero.

In particular, the garbled words of lorem ipsum bear an unmistakable resemblance to sections 1.10.32–33 of Cicero’s work, with the most notable passage excerpted below:

“Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem.”

A 1914 English translation by Harris Rackham reads:

“Nor 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.”

McClintock’s eye for detail certainly helped narrow the whereabouts of lorem ipsum’s origin, however, the “how and when” still remain something of a mystery, with competing theories and timelines.


Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sıt Amet

Lorem Ipsum, dizgi ve baskı endüstrisinde kullanılan mıgır metinlerdir. Lorem Ipsum, adı bilinmeyen bir matbaacının bir hurufat numune kitabı oluşturmak üzere bir yazı galerisini alarak karıştırdığı 1500’lerden beri endüstri standardı sahte metinler olarak kullanılmıştır. Beşyüz yıl boyunca varlığını sürdürmekle kalmamış, aynı zamanda pek değişmeden elektronik dizgiye de sıçramıştır. 1960’larda Lorem Ipsum pasajları da içeren Letraset yapraklarının yayınlanması ile ve yakın zamanda Aldus PageMaker gibi Lorem Ipsum sürümleri içeren masaüstü yayıncılık yazılımları ile popüler olmuştur.

Yaygın inancın tersine, Lorem Ipsum rastgele sözcüklerden oluşmaz. Kökleri M.Ö. 45 tarihinden bu yana klasik Latin edebiyatına kadar uzanan 2000 yıllık bir geçmişi vardır. Virginia’daki Hampden-Sydney College’dan Latince profesörü Richard McClintock, bir Lorem Ipsum pasajında geçen ve anlaşılması en güç sözcüklerden biri olan ‘consectetur’ sözcüğünün klasik edebiyattaki örneklerini incelediğinde kesin bir kaynağa ulaşmıştır. Lorm Ipsum, Çiçero tarafından M.Ö. 45 tarihinde kaleme alınan “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (İyi ve Kötünün Uç Sınırları) eserinin 1.10.32 ve 1.10.33 sayılı bölümlerinden gelmektedir. Bu kitap, ahlak kuramı üzerine bir tezdir ve Rönesans döneminde çok popüler olmuştur. Lorem Ipsum pasajının ilk satırı olan “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet” 1.10.32 sayılı bölümdeki bir satırdan gelmektedir.

1500’lerden beri kullanılmakta olan standard Lorem Ipsum metinleri ilgilenenler için yeniden üretilmiştir. Çiçero tarafından yazılan 1.10.32 ve 1.10.33 bölümleri de 1914 H. Rackham çevirisinden alınan İngilizce sürümleri eşliğinde özgün biçiminden yeniden üretilmiştir.

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