Copyright

Dummy Copytext or “Greeked text” refers to nonsensical passages of text which are used todemonstrate typography work. Greeked text is often in a foreign language (such as Greek, hence the name), or made up of nonexistent words, so that the viewer will not be distracted by the textual content but can focus on the fonts and layout. The classic passages of “greeked text” were actually in Latin, specifically starting with the doggerel Lorem ipsum.

Where text is visible in a document, people tend to focus on the textual content rather than upon overall presentation, so publishers use lorem ipsum when displaying a typeface or design in order to direct the focus to presentation. “Lorem ipsum” is also said to approximate a typical distribution of letters in English, which helps to shift the focus to presentation.

The text is derived from Cicero’s De finibus bonorum et malorum (On the Ends of Goods and Evils). The original passage began: Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit (Translation: “Nobody likes pain for its own sake, or looks for it and wants to have it, just because it is pain….”). It is not known exactly when the text acquired its current standard form; it may have been as early as the 1500s (albeit with subsequent minor changes) or as late as the 1960s. (Source: Wikipedia, here and here. Wikipedia Copyrightstipulations apply.)