Google Translate vs. Latin Dummy Text

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If you’ve ever used a layout program, you may be familiar with lorem ipsum, the block of dummy text traditionally used in page mock-ups to demonstrate how the finished product will look. The text looks vaguely Latin, and usually begins with the phrase “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet …” before spinning off into any one of several variations.

Google Translate added a Latin translation feature this week, prompting blogger Jason Kottke to run a selection of lorem ipsum through the service. What emerged was something only slightly reminiscent of language—a word salad that jumbled up the ancient, the modern, and the unintelligible.

According to Kottke, an excerpt like this …

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Integer ultricies mi nec elit pretium porta. Ut pellentesque mollis magna et molestie. In elementum nulla vel augue tempor non ultrices mauris semper. Vestibulum nulla augue, volutpat at bibendum id, interdum ut ante.

… renders in English like this:

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For the sake of comparison, here’s a bit of the lorem ipsum used in-house at The Atlantic:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer edui adipiscing elit. Vestibulum at ante nec orci tempor nil sic tincidunt. Nulla paedo sum amet ac frijuilum. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam eget nisl. Nullam felis. Phasellus interdum suspicit eros.

And in English:

Hello world! He is amet consectetuer edui Customer meals. Photo In the earliest time orcs Nothing so tincidunt. There is no love, and I am DIRT frijuilum. Hello world! Is love, consectetuer adipiscing meals. As yet Nisl. Felis no. Phasellus sometimes looks up to masters.

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