SitePoint Ipsum?

I have an embarrassing confession to make.

When I was just starting out as a web designer, a graphic designer sent me a layout to code up. I complimented him on the design, but suggested that the ungrammatical Latin text was a little pretentious, and it would be better to have text in English. It was an embarrassing moment to learn that this is called “Lorem ipsum” text—simple placeholder text in lieu of the proper content.

Oops. :blush:

The origin of Lorem Ipsum

Somewhere around the 1500s, some Latin text from the ancient author Cicero was scrambled up to create some placeholder text. It has been used this way ever since! (To all those young people here, the 1500s is even older than your grand parents. Imagine that!)

###Variations on a theme

I guess people have started to get bored with poor old Lorem ipsum, as new—usually humorous—alternatives are springing up all over the place. Here are some that I’ve come across …

Zombie Ipsum

Zombie ipsum reversus ab viral inferno, nam rick grimes malum cerebro. De carne lumbering animata corpora quaeritis. Summus brains sit​​, morbo vel maleficia? De apocalypsi gorger omero undead survivor dictum mauris. Hi mindless mortuis soulless creaturas, imo evil stalking monstra adventus resi dentevil vultus comedat cerebella viventium.

Cupcake Ipsum

Cupcake ipsum dolor. Sit amet powder sweet roll croissant sesame snaps chocolate bar cake caramels. Jelly beans pastry bonbon cake chocolate tart chocolate cake. Tiramisu soufflé muffin muffin wafer halvah. Topping pie chocolate cake pie caramels toffee fruitcake jujubes brownie. Soufflé donut cake. Cake wafer jelly beans jelly-o. Dragée wafer donut marzipan chocolate bar jelly-o croissant. Chocolate wafer sweet roll jelly-o soufflé lollipop caramels powder pastry. Jelly-o bear claw brownie lollipop lollipop. Oat cake jelly beans cotton candy chocolate cake candy. Apple pie gummi bears tart. Jelly beans biscuit tart. Tootsie roll pastry toffee.

Nietzche Ipsum

Against battle revaluation convictions burying grandeur sexuality ultimate aversion hope morality. Pious of marvelous endless derive. Dead salvation hope decrepit decrepit faithful convictions society inexpedient inexpedient of ubermensch horror. Value marvelous play zarathustra oneself victorious philosophy derive holiest holiest insofar faithful decieve insofar. Right truth grandeur superiority ascetic of grandeur.

Lorem Ultimatum

Our origins lie in the world. We hold extensive global accreditations, recognitions, and agreements, and our customers. Tony Wheeler inspired Lonely Planet to offset all staff and improve organisational agility. And importantly, companies are turning more to partnerships to achieve these goals. NSFW Daydreaming maintains an editorial independence our readers and tens of thousands of satisfied customers from around the world.

Bogan Ipsum (a bogan is a certain breed of low-class Australian)

You little ripper dob piece of piss he hasn’t got a bonzer. It’ll be dunny rat with trent from punchy pozzy. Gutful of maccas as cunning as a going off. Built like a quid to grab us a sheila. Built like a g’day how as stands out like clacker. Mad as a cream no worries come a aussie salute. Lets get some bikkie no worries lets get some icy pole. As dry as a yabber piece of piss freo. Come a pot when come a maccas.

Sagan Ipsum

Vanquish the impossible two ghostly white figures in coveralls and helmets are soflty dancing a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena worldlets permanence of the stars? From which we spring, tesseract across the centuries billions upon billions. A billion trillion radio telescope Sea of Tranquility network of wormholes! Permanence of the stars, astonishment. A very small stage in a vast cosmic arena citizens of distant epochs, light years rogue. Bits of moving fluff trillion, rogue bits of moving fluff emerged into consciousness laws of physics white dwarf science great turbulent clouds realm of the galaxies. As a patch of light star stuff harvesting star light Vangelis dispassionate extraterrestrial observer. Consciousness?

###SitePoint Ipsum?

Given that this is a big site for web designers and developers, surely we should have our own version of Lorem Ipsum? I propose that we each add a few lines of our own, so that we can create something of decent length. I’ll kick it off, then …

SitePoint ipsum dollars it admit, smith street good old collingwood forever, and downunder, well I never. Mark a bottle, mackie wix, dash of mayo ophelie nice. Flippa cow and learn a bull, bring a sprig of jasmine forum. Thanks dear fluff post seo, discourse buggy don’t you know.

Feel free to improve on this or add to it in the comments. :stuck_out_tongue:

And if you know of any other versions of Lorem ipsum, please post a link!


Herp Derpsum is the best:

Herp derpsum dee herpem merpus ler ner derps. Berp derps derpsum herp. Herpderpsmer pee serp dee berps, herpy der. Derperker tee le ler herpy ter? Terpus dee merp me nerpy herpderpsmer derpler. Pee ner der terp derp herpler. Ler berps sherper ter me sherpus nerpy berp. Terp herpy merp le terpus mer me merpus berp derpsum. Herderder dee sherlamer sherper ner. Berp perper berps derpy herderder. Derp terpus derpsum nerpy sherpus! Herpy le berps, herpem me ter sherpus? Dee sherper merpus derps derp berp sherp. Dee derp me ter perp berps ner tee derps.

But my favorite part about traditional Lorem Ipsum, is the fact that Google will actually translate it from Latin to English and it makes some pretty great word salad:

Nam nec dignissim dolor. Phasellus non interdum lacus. Vivamus iaculis consequat interdum. Suspendisse vel tortor et nulla maximus tristique non sit amet elit. Nulla condimentum scelerisque rutrum. Sed ac ante a sapien pharetra rhoncus id a nunc. Pellentesque ac fermentum ex. Ut luctus pretium ultrices. Etiam fermentum elementum lectus, in semper justo congue eget. Suspendisse lobortis aliquam leo, malesuada faucibus eros placerat posuere. Donec imperdiet, mauris sit amet viverra molestie, neque sapien iaculis magna, eu posuere mauris leo vel erat. Mauris dictum lacus vel arcu hendrerit fermentum.


For most soccer pain . Id not at the lake . Football sometimes live photography . Or use , and that no important tristique non sit amet elit Suspendisse . No makeup chocolate sauce . That from now , however, as it was before a sapien pharetra rhoncus . Gaming and warm out . As the price of mourning basketball . Even the warm- element of the bed, in semper eget justo congue . Suspendisse lobortis some leo, malesuada faucibus eros placerat posuere. Until the financing Mauris sit amet adipiscing an employee, that neither wisdom great darts , football posuere mauris a lion, or was . Fermentum Mauris dictum hendrerit lacus or bow .

Always remember, absolutely no makeup chocolate sauce. That’s the most important thing to take away from my post.


Haha, love it.

Love the Google translate trick, too. :slight_smile:

Bacon Ipsum:

Bacon ipsum dolor amet picanha prosciutto filet mignon, rump pork loin venison leberkas t-bone jowl shankle. Tri-tip kevin andouille ham, spare ribs chuck cow shoulder sirloin short loin chicken. Flank tenderloin pork belly sirloin frankfurter. Turkey shankle sirloin tongue pastrami shank, bresaola boudin shoulder tenderloin ham hock. Meatball tri-tip chuck frankfurter tenderloin, rump ground round.

and Veggie Ipsum:

Veggies es bonus vobis, proinde vos postulo essum magis kohlrabi welsh onion daikon amaranth tatsoi tomatillo melon azuki bean garlic.

Gumbo beet greens corn soko endive gumbo gourd. Parsley shallot courgette tatsoi pea sprouts fava bean collard greens dandelion okra wakame tomato. Dandelion cucumber earthnut pea peanut soko zucchini.


Those are great, @TechnoBear. I might combine them in my next project to make a bacon salad ipsum.

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What a great topic about which to write, @ralphm !
Although I am admittedly biased, my favorite source for Lorem Ipsum text is BusinessSpew.

It is so much fun to read:

To avoid decruitment, unite the robust partnerships! Our success will be measured by how we defend definitive efficient cost centers!!! Many of you will converge many green areas! Logically, we must dress-rehearse virtual innovative notions. Foster synergy by fulcruming our leverage, and be sure to ruminate industry-standard mapped P&L sheets. Let’s run the flag up the flagpole and see if we can network warehouses full of crucial bonuses!!! Our CEO paid a consultant $50,000 for the following advice: exploit some gamified bases. Some say the glass is half full; some say it is half empty. You must rightsize a leadership role in the spiritualistic reportables.


I can see why. That’s great! I think we are on the same page with the key performance indicators of effective lorem ipsum content. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Just wanted to chime in with my own creation…


Thanks @daledavies. That’s a great one. I love the fact that the text can come in various formats. Nice work. :slight_smile:

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Viking Ipsum

Loot longship longship longship boats raiding, ikea sea boats sailing ikea Beowulf. Sailing berserker the kracken boats bjorn the chair sailing bjorn the chair. Loot berserker ikea sailing terror swords the kracken. Tall blond women longship axes the kracken axes, bjorn the chair swords Beowulf lack the table lack the table terror Leif Erikson skald axes. Raiding lack the table Leif Erikson tall blond women Leif Erikson sailing ocean skald, ikea the kracken swords terror swords swords.


Nice one! Now I be craving a Pirate Ipsum. Arrrrrrr!

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Drake ipsum

My woes, This is that nasty flow, Way way way up, They need the whole thing, The shit was gettin‘ too predictable, You know they all sentimental now, She from the jungle, Every time I see ‘ em somethin’ wrong with they memory

Pig Lorem

Based on the idea of Pig Latin

Oremlay ipsumsay olorday itsay metay, agnamay ovetmay vel cu. As-hay id insolensay onseteturcay aerendum-quay, id uo-day oloremday instructioray, cu eos amquam-tay odesset-pray igniferumque-say. Ersius-pay andit-blay vulputate in mei. As-hay ea alia illuday, sea everti etentiumpay at.

I used to love using Chuck Norris ipsum, but it’s no longer of this world. I guess ol’ Chuck didn’t approve.

Did you make that up?

Darn! I guess it was “time to die”.

Here are some more: (Hipster Ipsum) (Samuel L. Jackson Ipsum)

Yes. Ain’t I clever?!

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Office Ipsum

Player-coach prairie dogging, so show pony, but what do you feel you would bring to the table if you were hired for this position, for hard stop timeframe feature creep. Come up with something buzzworthy wiggle room, yet quick win, or table the discussion , that jerk from finance really threw me under the bus, goalposts.

Just saw this in Web Tools Weekly:

Another Lorem Ipsum site, but focused on HTML with different HTML snippets (lists, a form, paragraphs, headings, etc.)

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Heh, one that’s actually useful! Although it’s pretty easy to generate stuff like that with Emmet these days.