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Lorem ipsum is a placeholder text

Lorem ipsum is a placeholder text
Lorem ipsum is a placeholder text (filler text) commonly used to demonstrate the  graphic elements of a document or visual presentation, such as font, typography, and  layout, by removing the distraction of meaningful content. The lorem ipsum text is  typically a mangled section of De finibus bonorum et malorum, a 1st-century BC Latin  text by Cicero, with words altered, added, and removed that make it nonsensical and not proper Latin.

A common form of lorem ipsum text reads as follows:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor  incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Another version of the text uses the word "adipisici" (rather than "adipisicing"; the digraph ng at the end of words is alien to classical Latin).

Other versions of lorem ipsum include additional words to add variety so that repeated verses will not word-
wrap on the same phrases.

A variation of the common lorem ipsum text has been used since the 1960s or earlier to provide a filler text during typesetting.

The text is derived from sections 1.10.32–3 of Cicero's De finibus bonorum et malorum  (On the Ends of Goods and Evils, or alternatively [About] The Purposes of Good and Evil).

The original passage began: Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit (translation: "Neither is there anyone who loves pain itself since it is pain and thus wants to obtain it").

It is not known exactly when the text acquired its current standard form; it may have been as late as the 1960s. Richard McClintock, a Latin scholar who was the publications director at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, discovered the source of the passage sometime before 1982 while searching for instances of the Latin word "consectetur", rarely used in classical literature.

The physical source of the Lorem Ipsum text may be the 1914 Loeb Classical Library Edition of the De Finibus, where the Latin text finishes page 34 with "Neque porro quisquam est qui do-" and begins page 36 with "lorem ipsum (et seq.)…", suggesting that the galley type of that page was scrambled to make the dummy text seen today.

This suggests that "lorem ipsum" may have been used as dummy text before the Letraset  transfer sheets popularized it. (Wikipedia).*

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