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Mis­mo and Lorem Ip­sum

The Span­ish mis­mo for “same; self” comes from the Latin metip­simus mean­ing “same”. That word, in turn, comes from the com­bi­na­tion of the Latin roots: met (just giv­ing em­pha­sis) and ipse (“him­self; it­self”) and the suf­fix -is­sis­mus (al­so adding em­pha­sis; think “-ism” in Eng­lish).

Here’s where it gets in­ter­est­ing: from that same Latin root, we get… lorem ip­sum, the Latin phrase (still used in Eng­lish!) that we use as the filler text when we don’t know what else to write, be­fore the re­al word­ing comes in. Where does lorem ip­sum it­self come from? Well, Google around, there’s a lot writ­ten about that; but the ex­act phrase it­self means “pain on­to him­self” (with the lorem short for do­lorem — thus re­lat­ed to the Span­ish do­lor for “pain”!). So, we can see how the ipse that turned in­to mis­mo al­so re­tained with­out change in lorem ip­sum.

Not to men­tion… ipse dix­it!


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