Translating Lorem Ipsum is one thing, comprehending is another

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Lorem ipsum is a tool long used by web and graphic designers, and allows them to populate in-development layouts with text (there’s load of it in use on the development version of disassociated) without the need for completed copy, which may be yet to be drafted anyway, and also permits the tweaking of font sizes, colours, and what have you.

But what do all these commonly used passages of Latin actually translate to and mean? As US software developer Jeff Atwood discovered, translating Lorem ipsum is one thing, but making meaning of the result is something else.

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?

The above text returns the following English translation when run through Google Translate:

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, who are in the wish to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or else he endures pains to avoid certain things, which produces no resultant pleasure?

Quite… lyrical I must admit. If Lorem ipsum were an author I’d probably read his/her books.

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Dummy Text Generator

Monday, 18 February, 2008

Dummy Text Generator

Lorem ipsum getting you down a bit?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu.

Assuming Latin is not your first tongue, perhaps you’d enjoy your website mock-ups all the more if you could actually read the filler text? Here’s some “Far far away” dummy text as a comparison:

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

The Dummy Text Generator has ten “language” options, plus a heap of other formatting option.

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