You say tomato, I say to-mah-toe

The other day I was looking at some new designs for the Infopeople website (yes, a new design is in the works, no I won’t say anymore about it). Anyway, there was some dummy text on the page, the usual “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet…” and I started pondering, not for the first time, what the heck that text really means. I took Latin in college for one year but it clearly didn’t take. Clearly it was time for a little research. From Lorem Ipsum I learned that the text comes from Cicero’s “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum.” The text actually comes from more than one section of this book, and even chops some of the words up. So what does it mean? The actual first line is: “Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit” and means “Nobody likes pain for its own sake, or looks for it and wants to have it, just because it is pain.” It’s really all about the letters, which represent a standard distribution of English letters for use in text design layouts. This is known, in the print world, as “greeking,” which is kind of odd as the dummy text is Latin. Oh well.
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