is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. has been the industry's.

Standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.

It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged.

It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing passages, and more recently with desktop publishing like Aldus PageMaker including versions of .

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout.

The point of using is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, opposed to using ‘Content here, content here', making it look like readable English.

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Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use their default model text, and a search for ‘' will uncover many web sites still in their infancy.

Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old.

Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur.

From a passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source.

comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC.

This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of , “ dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested.

Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.

Where can I get some?

There are many variations of passages of available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don't look even slightly believable.

If you are going to use a passage of , you need to be sure there isn't anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text.

All the generators on the tend to repeat predefined chunks necessary, making this the first true generator on the .

It uses a dictionary of over 200 Latin words, combined with a handful of model sentence structures, to generate which looks reasonable.

The generated is therefore always free from repetition, injected humour, or non-characteristic words etc.