Monday, April 10, 2006


A pangram is a sentence whose words contain all the letters of its language's alphabet. The one you probably know is 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'. This was the pangram used by telegram operators to make sure all the characters were functioning.

I use pangrams to see how every letter of a typeface appears in the context of a 'proper' sentence. Here's a few alternatives that I've collected over the years.

- Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes.

- Baroque? Hell, just mix a dozen wacky pi fonts & you've got it.

- By Jove, my quick study of lexicography won a prize.

- Foxy nymphs grab quick-lived waltz.

- Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.

- Just be very quick when fixing zip code mail.

- Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.

- Pangrams have subjects like 'dewy fox quiz'.

- Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts.

- Quick fawns jumped over a lazy dog.

- Quiz explained for TV show by Mick Jagger.

- The five boxing wizards jump quickly.

- The risque gown marked a very brazen exposure of juicy flesh.

- The vixen jumped quickly on her foes barking with zeal.

- Vexed funky camp juggler quit show biz.

Fascinating fact to throw into a lagging conversation: The phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" can be generated 15 times in Microsoft Word by typing =rand() followed by pressing the ENTER key.

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