What is a pangram?
A pangram, also known as a holoalphabetic sentence, is a sentence where every letter is used at least once.
The most famous is probably “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” My guess is that if you took a touch typing class you’ve typed this sentence at least once. If you look, every letter from a to z is in that sentence, making it a good task for practicing typing.
You also see pangrams used as font examples since they cover every letter, and that’s why we’re talking about pangrams on this blog.
I think the quick brown fox pangram is popular because it makes sense. Below are as many examples of pangrams as I’ve been able to find online, and many of them are a little silly.
And I’m intentionally using all lower case, even when characters really should be capitalized.
- quick fox jumps nightly above wizard
- the five boxing wizards jump quickly
- pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs
- fickle jinx bog dwarves spy math quiz
- five quacking zephyrs jolt my wax bed
- the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
- two driven jocks help fax my big quiz
- a quivering texas zombie fought republic linked jewelry
- grumpy wizards make a toxic brew for the jovial queen
- glib jocks quiz nymph to vex dwarf
- woven silk pyjamas exchanged for blue quartz
- foxy diva jennifer lopez wasn’t baking my quiche
- how vexingly quick daft zebras jump
- all questions asked by five watched experts amaze the judge
- when zombies arrive, quickly fax judge pat
- jim quickly realized that the beautiful gowns are expensive
- back in june we delivered oxygen equipment of the same size
- we promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize
- the wizard quickly jinxed the gnomes before they vaporized
A perfect pangram is one that uses every letter exactly once, and there are only a handful known. But they all either use abbreviations or words that are so obscure that it’s difficult for most readers to understand.