Home Depot Thinks 'Lorem Ipsum' Is Spanish

Consumerist Flickr Pool member brylyn says, “Saw this while shopping for ceiling lights in Home Depot.”

For those of you not familiar with “lorem ipsum,” it’s commonly used placeholder text dating from the 1500’s. The text was created by scrambling words from a passage of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Marcus Tullius Cicero. —MEGHANN MARCO

(Photo: brylyn)


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  1. royal72 says:

    as a person in the graphic arts field, that’s hysterical!

  2. Asvetic says:

    Interesting, I never knew the history of Lorem Ipsum. I always assumed it was a made up gibberish to use as filler, I didn’t actually think it had roots.

  3. reginae says:

    Looks like someone tried to used Microsoft Publisher. =P

    As someone who took Latin in high school, and whose parents speak Spanish, I’m falling off my chair laughing.

  4. nequam says:

    Looks like Andrew Dan-Jumbo has his work cut out for him. I think his name might be lorem ipsum.

  5. ZonzoMaster says:

    LOL… shame on you home depot (or your products actually)

  6. homerjay says:

    This appears to be a product that home depot sells making it the manufacturers problem and not Home Depot’s. Put blame where blame is due.

  7. blindInTexas says:


  8. sshhaammss says:

    we are so dumb its retarded

  9. Leathersoup says:

    Is it possible that the only put “Lorem Ipsum” there because they didn’t have the spanish name for the item handy when they started on the item and forgot to finish getting the text prior to sending it out for printing?
    It is a pretty funny mistake though. :)

  10. Uurp says:

    I always thought “Lorem” meant “FastAttach” in Spanish.

  11. dmargulis says:

    That’s a classic. By which I mean it’s a classic error that any pro can relate to. It’s always the headline or the big, bold title that everyone forgets to proofread. That’s why you see “penis” instead of “pen is,” “pubic” instead of “public,” etc. in the strangest places. “Lorem ipsum” errors show up in books, newspapers, and magazines regularly.

    See http://www.lipsum.com/ for more on the history, plus the full text.

  12. Chaluapman says:

    As a tech writer–

    Nullam convallis turpis quis lacus. Morbi tempus mauris sit amet leo. Curabitur cursus leo et ipsum. Sed mattis. Ut interdum arcu nec neque dictum fringilla. Etiam bibendum quam vitae sem. In eget massa et nibh lacinia sollicitudin. Morbi justo nibh, sodales sed, accumsan et, scelerisque sit amet, est. Ut sit amet justo. Nam eu tortor sed massa facilisis ullamcorper.


  13. hop says:

    that’s easy for you to say……………..

  14. RevRagnarok says:
  15. ShlomoPerets says:

    “Lorem ipsum” also shows up in document titles in web searches — see http://www.microtype.com/Hmmms.html#0701 for examples.