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Much of the gibberish used to demostrate typesetting and fonts begins exactly this way. It looks like Latin, but won’t parse as such. To make matters worse, it’s referred to as “greeking” or “greek text,” when it’s clearly not that, either.

Here is a page that purports to explain this pseudo-convention, why it’s used, and where it originated. It’s older than you think.

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