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#122964 - 02/15/04 05:33 PM greeking
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I am trying to unmungify this recent post in another thread:

I love how the de facto greeking these days is a piece of ciceronian Latin, transmungified.

I think it means that "greeking" is a form of code used by some elite on the Net and they favor crafting their messages in a corruption of ciceronian Latin.

Have I got that right?




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#122965 - 02/15/04 05:41 PM Re: greeking
Jenet Offline
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Greeking is supposed to be a printers' term for setting semi-random text just to fill up space and see how it looks. These days the standard text used for greeking is not Greek put pseudo-Latin, the infamous "lorem ipsum", which is a garbled form of a passage from Cicero.

Details at http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=95516


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#122966 - 02/15/04 06:02 PM Re: greeking
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Interesting that one of the great orators and thinkers of ancient times should have his "lorem ipsum" used as mindless filler.

Have we evolved so far beyond Cicero ... or so far behind?

Thanks for the explanation.




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#122967 - 02/15/04 06:11 PM Re: greeking
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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mindless filler

ah, but *is it?

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#122968 - 02/15/04 06:37 PM mindless filler
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mindless filler ... but, is it?

My guess is, yes.

Pap in plain english is still pap in corrupted latin.

If the lorem ipsumators really had something important to say to one another, they would say it in private ... just like we do here at AWADtalk.


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#122969 - 02/15/04 06:43 PM Re: mindless filler
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It's true that it's mindless filler. What's not true is that that's a bad thing. They're not trying to say anything to each other, they're just checking various layouts. It's purely visual.

See: http://www.lipsum.com/


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