Lorem Ipsum Dolor

03/20/08 :: by Patrick

So long as we are in the habit of demystifying things around here, there is something regarding placeholder copy that I would like to point out: Lorem ipsum dolor is Latin not Greek.

Your first clue to this probably should have been the phrase ‘This is all Greek to me.’ That cute, delightfully antiquated colloquialism derives from the fact that languages such as French, Italian, Spanish and English stem from Latin. Greek, on the other hand, was birthed from the Phoenician alphabet. Hence, when one’s first language is English (or Italian, or Spanish or Occitan) Greek looks like gobbledygook and funny symbols. Why would we insert that as dummy copy for our clients when we know they have a hard enough time wrapping their heads around the fact that people are more than comfortable using the vertical scroll bar to see content below the fold some 13 years after the Word Wide Web’s inception?

Your second tip-off that you were reading Latin and not Greek probably struck when you noted the funny symbols emblazoned on the sweatshirts and non-hysterical catch phrase tee-shirts worn by sorority sisters and fraternity brothers in college. If you didn’t go to college, you’re excused for that one. If you did go to college, you were in frat, and you still make that mistake, I fear for the future of your children.

If you still don’t believe me, you can check out some more facts at lipsum.com. In fact, it even has a Lorem Ipsum generator so you create your own dummy text for your next comp.

Now that you have been enlightened, you can really prove your worth by lambasting someone publicly next time he or she makes this egregious error.

One Response to “Lorem Ipsum Dolor”

  1. brocksteady Says:

    Man, I can’t even begin to tell you about all the crazy times I’ve had on the lipsum.com site! I’ve killed many a Saturday night generating Lipsum over and over while curled up with a case of Tecate. Good times.

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