Handy Tip: Lorem Ipsum

This tip originates from somewhere slightly in left field: how to ‘create’ Lorem Ipsum text.

For those who may not know, Lorem Ipsum is that nonsensical Latin text that designers use for placeholder text. Some have sought to decipher it, and there are even conspiracy theories related to it (the Illuminati are involved somehow), but it's actually nonsense. It has, inevitably, spawned countless memes and been used as band names.

Anyway, creating it is easy. MS Word has a built-in 'lorem' function:

Type ‘=lorem (3,3)’, where the numbers in brackets define the number of paragraphs and the length of the paragraphs. Leaving out the second number will result in paragraphs of varying lengths. Try it - it's more fun than you think.

Lorem Ipsum, according to Microsoft, actually has a long history. It has been used as placeholder text for centuries by typesetters. It was originally derived from a quote by the Roman philosopher and orator Cicero: "Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit ...,"

This translates as “There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain..." suggesting that Emo subculture was largely unknown in the late Roman Republic. The phrase was later mangled, as these things are, and has been used that way ever since.