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The phrase "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetuer" appears in Microsoft Word online Help. This phrase has the appearance of an intelligent Latin idiom. Actually, it is nonsense.
Although the phrase is nonsense, it does have a long history. The phrasehas been used for several centuries by typographers to show the mostdistinctive features of their fonts. It is used because the letters involvedand the letter spacing in those combinations reveal, at their best, theweight, design, and other important features of the typeface.

A 1994 issue of "Before & After" magazine traces "Lorem ipsum ..." to a jumbledLatin version of a passage from de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, a treatiseon the theory of ethics written by Cicero in 45 B.C. The passage "Loremipsum ..." is taken from text that reads, "Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit ...," whichtranslates as, "There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after itand wants to have it, simply because it is pain..."

During the 1500s, a printer adapted Cicero's text to develop a page of typesamples. Since then, the Latin-like text has been the printing industry'sstandard for fake, or dummy, text. Before electronic publishing, graphicdesigners had to mock up layouts by drawing in squiggled lines to indicatetext. The advent of self-adhesive sheets preprinted with "Lorem ipsum" gavea more realistic way to indicate where text would go on a page.
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