If you've ever wireframed webpages then you might have found the need to use some dummy text. Traditionally that meant searching for 'lorem ipsum' on Google and copying and pasting a bunch of Latin. 

Nowadays, we have a few more options. I have collected some lorem ipsum variants for you to use the next time you need some placeholder text.

Choose your weapon wisely! And be warned, some of these tools are a little sweary, or non-PC, so if you're easily offended I suggest you stick to using Latin.


Picksum Ipsum

Choose from a selection of famous movie stars and behold, some appropriate-sounding text is generated. I expected Michael Caine ipsum to be rendered in capital letters, but that didn't happen.

Sample ipsum: "You are as precious to me as you were to your own mother and father. I swore to them that I would protect you, and I haven't. You wouldn't hit a man with no trousers on, would you?"

Gangsta Lorem Ipsum 

If you're listening to Snoop and on the lookout for some placeholder text then aim here.

Sample ipsum: "Lorizzle ipsizzle dolor break yo neck, yall izzle, fizzle adipiscing elit. Nullizzle shizzlin dizzle velizzle, fo shizzle volutpizzle, yo ass, you son of a bizzle vizzle, break it down."

Samuel L Ipsum

I shouldn't need to tell you that this is NSFW.

Sample ipsum: "Do you see any Teletubbies in here? Do you see a slender plastic tag clipped to my shirt with my name printed on it? Do you see a little Asian child with a blank expression on his face sitting outside on a mechanical helicopter that shakes when you put quarters in it?" 


Django Ipsum

This is Samuel L Jackson turned up to 11. Use sparingly.

Sample ipsum: "Those lyin' goddamn time wastin' sonsabitches! Sonsabitches! You just watch, I'm gonna fix their wagon but good!"


Northern folk, or anybody who has been watching Educating Yorkshire should love this.

Sample ipsum: "Ey up appens as maybe. Appens as maybe chuffin' nora eeh. Nobbut a lad any rooad wacken thi sen up cack-handed big girl's blouse. Th'art nesh thee soft lad."


Charlie Sheen Ipsum

Close your windows, bolt your doors, and brace yourself for action.

Sample ipsum: "There's my life. Deal with it. Oh, wait! Can't process it. Losers! WINNING! B'bye. Major League 3? I don't know. I haven't read it. I don't care."


If you're looking for something a little bit more highbrow then this tool makes good use of classic literature.

Sample ipsum: "Their awesome, bestial faces were contorted in the most diabolical expressions, as they accused each other of responsibility for the loss. Finally they fell upon us, beating us with their spear shafts, and hatchets."


Bullshit Ipsum

I've seen press releases that are even less meaningful. 

Sample ipsum: "Strategize robust harness integrate synergistic efficient users disintermediate. Cluetrain maximize long-tail granular synergize."


Skate Ipsum

Goofy text for grinders. 

Sample ipsum: "Boned out rocket air masonite ho-ho ollie north coping late. Grind betty camel back cess slide crail slide nosepicker grab."

Bacon Ipsum 

For meat fans. 

Sample ipsum: "Beef ribs sausage pancetta, pork shank bacon short ribs. Drumstick hamburger short loin t-bone fatback beef. Pork loin chicken ribeye bresaola flank ball tip strip steak venison."


TV Themes Ipsum

Your favourite 80s TV themes rendered as dummy text.

Sample ipsum: "Ten years ago a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem and no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-team."

Swearem Ipsum

Five parts Latin to one part profanity. 

Sample ipsum: "Phasellus aliquam justo cock arcu gravida porttitor. Duis interdum nisi vitae enim rutrum in viverra dui consectetur. Mauris id purus dui. Integer id dick sem."


Lebowski Ipsum

Do you abide?

Sample ipsum: "My point, Dude, is why should we settle for twenty grand when we can keep the entire million. Am I wrong? Placerat posuere neque, at dignissim magna ullamcorper in aliquam."


IT Crowd Ipsum 

For Graham Linehan fans...

Sample ipsum: "You're not comfortable with your sexuality? Oh, I'm very comfortable with my sexuality, I just don't want to be slapped in the face with their sexuality."

Cupcake Ipsum

Dummy text, with sprinkles.

Sample ipsum: "Chupa chups sweet candy canes fruitcake toffee. Danish gingerbread lemon drops chocolate cake pastry jelly-o pie topping carrot cake. Halvah sweet roll cookie."


Hipster Ipsum

Earlier this week I read that somebody had coined an excellent new collective noun: "A fixie a hipsters"

Sample ipsum: "Food truck drinking vinegar tattooed tote bag, McSweeney's mollit qui dolore velit magna Etsy. Distillery Etsy meh pork belly, before they sold out pickled art party beard."

Spotted any other good ones? Leave a comment below!

Chris Lake

Published 13 September, 2013 by Chris Lake

Chris Lake is CEO at EmpiricalProof, and former Director of Content at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter, Google+ or connect via Linkedin.

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Malcolm Duckett

Malcolm Duckett, CEO at Magiq

Brilliant, just Brilliant - well found Chris!

almost 5 years ago



Absolutely brilliant. Some really good ideas and very creative. Might make some my self. :-)

almost 5 years ago


Sam Jones

These are funny but am going to sound like a bore but if you use attention grabbing filler text doesn't it detract from the page or copy you are working on? There is little that makes my eyes switch of but you read Lorem Ipsum and you switch of the text.... Just my thoughts but do still love them.

almost 5 years ago

Stuart McMillan

Stuart McMillan, Deputy Head of Ecommerce at Schuh

I've been a long-standing fan of T'Lipsum fan, but I think someone needs to write a Scottish one...

almost 5 years ago

Luke Brason

Luke Brason, Head of Creative Solutions at Grass Roots

Tend to sneak in hipster lipsum for internal projects to see if anyone spots it as a way of checking how thoroughly wire frames have been reviewed.

I also like (not on your list) Chuck Norris lipsum: http://chuckipsum.com/

almost 5 years ago

Trudy Collins

Trudy Collins, Marketing Assistant at Rubber Cheese

Great list, but you missed off our awesome 'Cheese Ipsum' generator - http://www.cheeseipsum.co.uk/

almost 5 years ago


Rob Spicer, Digital Marketing Manager at Safestore LtdSmall Business Multi-user

I think there's a gap in the Ipsum market for Inbetweeners Ipsum? right???!?!

almost 5 years ago



I go to see daily a few blogs and websites to read articles, except this blog provides quality based content.

almost 5 years ago

Ru Nacken

Ru Nacken, freelance web developer at Nacken.ru

Especially for startups: http://startupsum.com

over 3 years ago


And Finally, Slacker at Self employed

Fillerati's been out of action for a long time now - I made Lit Ipsum to fill the gap. Super easy to use - one click to copy text from classic works of literature, courtesy or Gutenberg.org. Check it out! https://litipsum.com

9 months ago

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