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Ever wondered what the mysterious text “Lorem Ipsum dolor sit amet” really mean? Lorem ipsum is a popular dummy text which is used as a placeholder text while designing websites or template’s visual design. It is not just some random text, in fact, it has a great history behind it. It is a scrambled version of De finibus bonorum et malorum(“On the ends of good and evil”) written by Cicero in 1st century BC. As the original words written in Latin were altered and scrambled so the current language of lorem ipsum is Improper Latin.

Lorem Ipsum dolor sit amet translation in English

When I first saw this strange looking text, I wondered what does it mean? One thing, I was certain about that (like all of you) this text is not in English. So, I became curious & the first thing came to my mind was Google translator. Here’s my shot at the Google translator:Lorem ipsum translated Google translator detected it as the Latin Language. And to my surprise, everything was not fully translated into English. The text which is in English is underlined in red color. Obviously, the text in English does not make any sense. So, there must be another whole story behind it, let’s dig deeper.

In 1914 sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33  of De finibus bonorum et malorum(“On the ends of good and evil”) by Cicero from which “Lorem Ipsum” was taken were translated in English by H.Rackham as:

“On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammeled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains.”

What does Lorem Ipsum Dolor mean? In-depth analysis

Unfortunately, the current version of Lorem Ipsum does not mean anything at all! It was deliberately altered by adding some extra words & scrambling from its original source to make it completely meaningless. By doing so it can serve its purpose which is to be used as filler text in placeholders.

Origin of Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum text is a scrambled version of De finibus bonorum et malorum(“On the ends of good and evil”) written by Cicero. It was dated back in 45 BC. So, technically speaking it has survived 5 centuries. Which is really amazing! Lorem Ipsum became popular in the 1960s with the release of Letraset Sheets containing the Lorem Ipsum text.

Is Lorem Ipsum real Latin?

The original sections from which Lorem Ipsum was taken was in Latin. But in today’s version, much of the original content is altered by adding several words to make it completely meaningless. So the language of the Lorem Ipsum is Improper Latin.

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It’s really strange that filler text we use today was originally created in 45 BC. Many variations have been created since its beginning and after surviving 5 centuries, it is still the most commonly used text in placeholders to test the visual design in documents, templates, and websites. Want to share your experience or ask a question? Leave a comment below.

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