Sunday, October 14, 2007

What Is Lorem Ipsum?

I had to use a little of it to get the blog birthed.

What is it?

Lorem ipsum. According to Wikipedia "lorem ipsum is standard placeholder text used to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document or visual presentation, such as font, typography, and layout."

The text comes from Cicero's "De finibus bonorum et malorum" though no one really knows where it first came from. It doesn't really mean anything and is geared to approximate the distribution of English letters.

However the literal translation of the standard ipsum is:

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

Ipsum to you too!

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