What is Lorem Ipsum?

Do you scratch your head when  you see this?

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What language is that and why did you put it on my website? is the question I frequently get asked during the early stages of the website design process. The answer is easy – Lorem Ipsum is dummy text used as a placeholder before the final text is submitted. And for all you fellow nerdy people who want a little more history, Wikipedia describes it as

a mangled section of De finibus bonorum et malorum, a 1st-century BC Latin text by Cicero, with words altered, added, and removed that make it nonsensical and not proper Latin.

If you want try it for yourself, you can generate your own Lorem Ipsum here – and if you are looking for a an extra smile today, check out the way Samuel L. Ipsum generates placeholder text.

Whether you have your final copy ready or not, Sumy Designs is ready to make you a custom website. Contact us for a free estimate.

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Susan Sullivan

Graphic Design. I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area with my husband and children. I am an avid distance runner, environmentalist, part-time beekeeper, chicken farmer and amateur photographer.

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