Musetta (beaten_chairs) wrote,

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like a long agonizing death.

so found something interesting today.

out of boredom, someone had posted a definition of the phrase lorem ipsum on their blog as follows:

Lorem ipsum -

Cicero's original text: "…neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. 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?"

H. Rackham's 1914 translation: "Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. 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 with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

And if lorem ipsum sounds familiar to you, it's because it's shown as an example on Microsoft office programs. Like Powerpoint and Excel. And i've always wondered what that was. And now that I know, it's still as if i don't know what it means. Why in the world has Microsoft chosen to use lorem ipsum on all examples? Out of all the things they could have used. I mean it has the word trivial example in the translation, but still. Just found this interesting.
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