Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum 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 Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum 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 Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum 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.



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^yqW dI ^uSbU hY
Aqy iek v`fy sn`AqI Sihr
dy DUMeyN dI muV`qx[
‘nwz’ buinAwdI qOr ’qy DrqI
Aqy ipMfW dw kvI hY,
pr aus ivc jo smwjk-rwjnIqk
cyqMnqw hY, auh iek AwDuink
sn`AqI Sihr ivc rih ky
pRwpq kIqI hoeI nzr dI cyqMnqw hY[
ieh cyqMnqw au~nI hI iqKI qy qgVI hY,
ijMnI nwz dI zbwn AmIr hY,
jo ausny ^qW ’coN cu`kI hY,
lokW dy mUMhW ivcoN PVI hY;
Aqy ibnw ausnMU JwVy-pUMJy
kivqw ivc vrq ilAw hY[
iesy leI nwz dI kivqw
im`TI hY, KrHvI vI qy qgVI vI[
- suKbIr