Pangrams are sentences which contain every letter of the alphabet at least once. The most well known pangram is: A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog (and although adapted slightly, the heading of this post is also a true pangram).
Pangrams have been used since at least the late 19th century, and were initially utilized by Western Union to test Telex data communication equipment for accuracy and reliability. They are now used by a number of computer programs to display computer fonts. Interestingly, the “quick brown fox” pangram and the search for a shorter pangram are the cornerstone of the plot of a novel by Mark Dunn, “Ella Minnow Pea”
There are many pangrams, the aim being to fit all letters of the alphabet into a sentence of shortest length that also makes sense. Many pangrams don’t! Here are some of the best I’ve found on my travels in the witty world of wordplay.
A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
Fix problem quickly with galvanized jets
Blowzy red vixens jump for a quick fight
Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.
Crazy Fredrick bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
How quickly daft jumping zebras vex!
The five boxing wizards jumped quickly.
Playing jazz vibe chords quickly excites my wife.
Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx.
Fat hag dwarves quickly zap jinx mob
Two driven jocks help fax my big quiz
Waltz job vexed quick frog nymphs
In July, Schwarzkopf vexed Iraq big-time
Go lazy fat vixen; be shrewd, jump quick
Vexed nymphs go for quick waltz job
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow
Glib jocks quiz nymph to vex dwarf
My girl wove six dozen plaid jackets before she quit
Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the jovial queen
I’ll quiver with excitement if Pudgy asks Jezebel out
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Palindromes, Anagrams, Spoonerisms, Pangrams and the Oxymoron.