Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Cox Commission puzzler

I was excited to notice that NIMJ's web site now has a Cox Commission tab. I was intrigued to see that that tab has a "Tentative Cox Commission Schedule" link. And I was perplexed when I clicked through and found the following:
"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing 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."
Stymied, I stumbled across this explanation by the ever-helpful Cecil Adams.

Can anyone shed more light on this curious text?


Gene Fidell said...

The paragraph is a place-holder.

Dwight Sullivan said...

Thanks to Gene Fidell who (if my time zone translation skills are up to par) just posted an answer at 3 a.m. East Coast time: the tentative schedule text is a placeholder. So Cecil Adams was right: "Lorem ipsum is the beginning of a pseudo-Latin passage commonly used as placeholder text when a graphic designer dummies up a page layout. It's intended to show how the type will look before the copy is available. I say pseudo-Latin because though the passage contains recognizable Latin words, they don't seem to add up to anything, and some are just jabberwocky--there's no Latin word lorem, for one thing. Lorem ipsum is only the beginning, by the way. The text continues lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, etc." Thanks, Gene!

Gene Fidell said...


Anonymous said...

It is cool quote from Cicero used back in the old days, but got bashed into its current nonsense form by publishers for a placeholder.

Higher class web developers use it now as a classy looking place holder.