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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



Look for all my wordplay posts on: 

Palindromes, Anagrams, Spoonerisms, Pangrams and the Oxymoron.