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How often does every letter in the alphabet appear in a sentence?
That’s exactly what makes a “pangram” special. The most well-known such phrase is: “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.”
Pangrams have been used for years to teach handwriting and typing—and to test typewriters, telegraphs, printers, typefaces and software. Graphic and font designers use pangrams to illustrate their work.
For many pangram enthusiasts, the best pangrams are those with the fewest letters. “Mr. Jock, TV quiz Ph.D., bags few lynx.” is considered a “perfect pangram” because it contains only 26 letters.
Although these are undoubtedly the most difficult pangrams to write, cleverness and clarity should can make a pangram shine, too. Here are some extra creative pangrams (ordered by letter count).
1. The five boxing wizards jump quickly.
2. Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
3. Go, lazy fat vixen; be shrewd, jump quick.
4. When zombies arrive, quickly fax Judge Pat.
5. Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes.
7. The quick onyx goblin jumps over the lazy dwarf.
8. Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him.
9. Watch “Jeopardy!”, Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game.
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10. Six big devils from Japan quickly forgot how to waltz.
11. Five or six big jet planes zoomed quickly by the tower.
12. Jack amazed a few girls by dropping the antique onyx vase.
13. A quick movement of the enemy will jeopardize six gunboats.
14. Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.
15. No kidding—Lorenzo called off his trip to Mexico City just because they told him the conquistadors were extinct.
And here is my own pangram:
16. Quixotic jugglers repent; wave away fake methods and brazen mishaps.
How about you PR Daily readers? Do you have a pangram of your own to share?
Laura Hale Brockway is an Austin-based writer and editor and a regular contributor to PR Daily. Read more of her posts on writing and word play at impertinentremarks.com.