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By Tom Chatfield  

Some readers may recognize the above as the start of a widely-used editorial “filler” or “placeholder” text—a block of words put temporarily into the space where real editorial copy will eventually go, to help editors estimate what the final version will look like and what the word-count will be. We use “lorem ipsum” at Prospect, along with the slightly less romantic “something in here something in here something in here something in here” for our standfirsts (the introductory or summary information above an article.)

“Lorem ipsum” looks like Latin but isn’t, quite, although it is based on a Latin text.…

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