Bored of Lorem ipsum?

Try these alternative filler texts instead

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Published on 23rd March 2022 by Madeleine Smith

A feature image consisting of ‘Lorem ipsum’ as text and a scroll emoji. With a gradient background of coral to orange.

We’ve all heard of ‘Lorem ipsum’ - the dummy text used as a placeholder for real content. This allows a designer or developer to concentrate on the design of a web page - without it looking empty or using distracting real copy. It has its roots in Latin - though a distorted and nonsensical version of the language. A typical snippet looks like:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec eu urna ac mauris blandit laoreet quis porta nulla. Integer sed massa nec enim gravida dictum. Vivamus porta tempus suscipit. Nullam cursus tempus porta…

However, we’re no longer in ancient times and many modern-day alternatives have sprung up - some to comic effect. I recently discovered Cipsum - a corporate jargon version with all the ‘deep dives’ and ‘synergies’ you could ever want.

It’s also the perfect fit for one of my clients who operate in a very professional environment. The ridiculousness of it gives me a good laugh and I have definitely met people in a professional context who use unnecessarily obfuscating language such as this:

Leverage agile frameworks to provide a robust synopsis for high level overviews. Iterative approaches to corporate strategy foster collaborative thinking to further the overall value proposition. Organically grow the holistic world view…

A screenshot of a web page in which 3 users have updates associated with them. And each update is a paragraph of 'cipsum'.
Cipsum in use in one of my client projects - always gives me a good chuckle

Here are some other Lorem Ipsum generators which I hope to one day put to good use:

Bacon Ipsum

A prime cut of ipsum. They even have meat related placeholder images too over at baconmockup 🥓

Porchetta short ribs landjaeger alcatra pancetta capicola. Jowl pastrami chicken tongue spare ribs pork chop short ribs. Flank meatball burgdoggen pork belly, shoulder kielbasa tongue fatback chicken landjaeger ribeye…

Lorizzle (Gangsta Lorem Ipsum)

If the thug life has chosen you, this gangsta version is where it’s at. I’m not sure how much of the following I should censor or if it’s just my brain 😇

Black ipsizzle its fo rizzle sit amet, dope adipiscing elit. Fo shizzle boofron velizzle, aliquet volutpizzle, suscipizzle quis, gravida vizzle, gangsta. Pellentesque break it down pimpin'. Sizzle eros. Pot izzle dolor dapibizzle…

Coffee Ipsum

Finally, an ipsum with a caffeine boost. They’ve also outdone themselves with the paragraph size options - espresso, normal or grande.

Caramelization extra , sit mug cultivar that saucer con panna rich sit et instant robust turkish, qui, siphon spoon affogato steamed instant arabica cappuccino barista extra. And redeye, black foam, that java redeye java ristretto grounds extraction filter that…

Harry Potter Ipsum

There will be no foolish wand waving or silly incantations with this ipsum. For everyone who solemnly swears that they are up to no good:

Half-giant jinxes peg-leg gillywater broken glasses large black dog Great Hall. Nearly-Headless Nick now string them together, and answer me this, which creature would you be unwilling to kiss? Poltergeist sticking charm…

Obama Ipsum

Probably not going to be my go-to for client work but still interesting nonetheless. There also exists a Trump version with the tagline ‘Make Placeholder Text Great Again!’ - if you’re that way inclined:

The skeptical bent of my mind didn’t suddenly vanish. Throughout the first year of this campaign, against all predictions to the contrary, we saw how hungry the American people were for this message of unity. Ironically, this quintessentially American…

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