pan’gram n. a sentence containing all the letters of the alphabet.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog is the most famous pangram. Thanks to Simon Garfield’s wonderful book about fonts (Just My Type) for pointing me to a YouTube video that illustrates the phrase.

Typesetters are the original pangrammatists: they made up phrases to display all the letters in a font. The first one was in Latin and starts Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet… It’s still used today – you’ve probably come across it filling in space in a layout before the final text is ready. Other examples given by Garfield are Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim and Playing jazz vibe chords quickly excites my wife. Pangrams also help people learn to touch type.

Fonts.com uses a pangrammatical paragraph to display its wares:
We took a breezy excursion and gathered jonquils from the river slopes. Sweet majoram grew in luxuriant profusion by the window that overlooked the Aztec city. Jaded zombies acted quietly, but kept driving their oxen forward.

Quite poetic, I think.

And a Google search brings up this nugget of a thread from Yahoo answers…

r0verT:
I have created the best pangram in the history of pangrams.?
The black, homosexual frog yearned to jump over the white, zebra-striped quintessential tree-cow.

Brandon:
Semantically speaking, you are an idiot. Philosophically speaking, this is the best damn thing I’ve ever heard.

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