You may have seen this on several websites and wondered, “What language it this??”

So what is Lorem Ipsum, why do we use it, and does it have a meaning??

Lorem ipsum is simply a dummy text, placeholder text, or filler text. It is most commonly used in graphic design and publishing to demonstrate a graphic element or a normal distribution of text when making a design as a sample phrase or paragraph. You can see a sample of it in WordPress themes page. When you click preview it will show you how the template would look like when use complete with image and of course sentence and paragraphs…the lorem ipsum text.

Lorem ipsum is not just some random text, it actually does have a meaning. It is derived from a section of De finibus bonorum et malorum by Cicero, a classical Latin literature from 45 BC.  It was discovered by Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. Read more of its history here.

Here’s the translation:

“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.”

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. 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?”

Still confuse? Read more from Lorem Ipsum site and Wikipedia.