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pangram

A well-known pangram, once used by Western Union Telegraph Company for testing its equipment

Definition:

A sentence that uses all the letters of the alphabet. Adjective: pangrammatic.

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Etymology:

From the Greek, "every letter"
 

Examples:

  • Two driven jocks help fax my big quiz.



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  • Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.



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  • The five boxing wizards jump quickly.



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  • Bright vixens jump; dozy fowl quack.



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  • Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.



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  • John quickly extemporized five tow bags.



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  • Waltz, nymph, for quick jigs vex Bud.



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  • Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.



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  • Brown jars prevented the mixture from freezing too quickly.



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  • Fred specialized in the job of making very quaint wax toys.



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  • New job: fix Mr Gluck's hazy TV, PDQ



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  • Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.



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  • We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.



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  • J.Q. Schwartz flung V.D. Pike my box.



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  • Viewing quizzical abstracts mixed up hefty jocks.



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  • Farmer jack realized that big yellow quilts were expensive.



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  • My girl wove six dozen plaid jackets before she quit.



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  • My favorite proposal for a 26-letter pangram requires an entire story for comprehension (thanks to Dan Lufkin of Hood College):
    During World War I, Lawrence's Arab Legion was operating on the southern flank of the Ottoman Empire. Hampered by artillery fire from across a river, Lawrence asked for a volunteer to cross the river at night and locate the enemy guns. An Egyptian soldier stepped forward. The man was assigned to Lawrence's headquarters [G.H.Q. for 'general headquarters'--this becomes important later] and had a reputation for bringing bad luck. But Lawrence decided to send him. The mission was successful and the soldier appeared, at dawn the next morning, at a remote sentry post near the river, dripping wet, shivering, and clad in nothing but his underwear and native regimental headgear. The sentry wired to Lawrence for instructions, and he replied:

    Warm plucky G.H.Q. jinx, fez to B.V.D.'s
    (Stephen Jay Gould, Bully for Brontosaurus. W. W. Norton, 1992)

 

Pronunciation: PAN-gram

Also Known As: holoalphabetic sentence, alphabet sentence

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