Lorem Ipsum Placeholder Text – Long Latin Filler Text and its History

Here is the full Lorem Ipsum text from 55 BC:

Sed ut perspiciatis, unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam eaque ipsa, quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt, explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem, quia voluptas sit, aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos, qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt, neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit amet consectetur adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt, ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur? Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit, qui in ea voluptate velit esse, quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum, qui dolorem eum fugiat, quo voluptas nulla pariatur? At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus, qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti, quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint, obcaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa, qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga. Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio, cumque nihil impedit, quo minus id, quod maxime placeat, facere possimus, omnis voluptas assumenda est, omnis dolor repellendus. Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet, ut et voluptates repudiandae sint et molestiae non recusandae. Itaque earum rerum hic tenetur a sapiente delectus, ut aut reiciendis voluptatibus maiores alias consequatur aut perferendis doloribus asperiores repellat.

This original Lorem Ipsum Latin text is 249 words long (1,740 characters). Note that the famous paragraph from this text is actually this series of words cut out and re-arranged from the above text:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing 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.

Most designers will just repeat the text throughout their designs as needed.

There are a lot of Lorem Ipsum text generators online. But they all use this text as their source.

There are also lots of variations of the Lorem Ipsum text out there that have been modified to contain humorous words. Here’s a version I’m particularly fond of, Kitty Ipsum:

Kitty ipsum dolor sit amet, shed everywhere shed everywhere stretching attack your ankles chase the red dot, hairball run catnip eat the grass sniff.

I’ve even seen versions of Lorem Ipsum where the authors sneak in hyperlinks. (I guess tricking tons of web designers into accidentally linking to your website is a viable SEO strategy.)

Anyway, if you just want to have access to the raw Lorem Ipsum text itself in an easy copy-paste format, this is it. I recommend bookmarking this page. 😉

Where does Lorem Ipsum text come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC. This makes it more than 2000 years old.

Typesetters started using Lorem Ipsum in the 1500s. Fast forward to today, designers and developers still use this same placeholder text in their web designs.

Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, wanted to find the original source for Lorem Ipsum text. He looked up one of the more obscure Latin words from the passage: “consectetur”. This helped him discover the original source.

It turns out 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.

Note that the original text included some typos. (I suppose they didn’t have spellcheck back in 45 BC.) Since this is a tradition, and very few people can even read Latin today, I’ve chosen to use the original version above that includes those typos, rather than one of the corrected versions.

Is lorem ipsum copyrighted?

No. It is public domain (copyright-free) so no one owns the rights to it. You can use Lorem Ipsum text freely.

Should I use a Lorem Ipsum Generator?

I personally don’t bother with these. You can just use the original Lorem Ipsum text.

Some design tools may already have Lorem Ipsum text built-in, and you can just use those.

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