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"the Quick Brown Fox..." - Alternative Pangrams

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#1 David_W

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 16:21

I'm sure many of us have written out "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" many times whilst testing pens, inks and papers.

There are alternative pangrams - sentences that use all 26 English letters. I just came across the shorter pangram "Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs".

What other pangrams do people use? Does anyone know of a shorter pangram than "Pack my box..."?

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#2 Ray Ulrich

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 16:29

Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

 



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 16:35

Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
 


Very neat: 29 letters (two each of a, o and u).

#4 Brian K

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 17:09

The five boxing wizards jump quickly.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 17:22

I never write "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" because it doesn't have a letter 's' in it, therefore it doesn't use all 26 letters of the alphabet.

 

I always write "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", plus any other random sentences after that.



#6 David_W

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 17:27

Very true, Chrissy - "jumped" was brain fade on my part. I shall leave my embarrassing mistake for the whole forum to see.

#7 I.M.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 18:17

Is it really that important that all 26 letters of the alphabet are used in a sentence? After all it's fountain pens we're testing, not the keyboard of a typewriter or a laptop / PC... I also believe we get a better feel for a pen after writing several sentences. Plus I'm pretty sure there's already a similar thread covering this topic.... I'll get back with the link in a sec....



#8 I.M.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 18:20

here we go:

 

http://www.fountainp...-a-test-phrase/



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 21:06

Very true, Chrissy - "jumped" was brain fade on my part. I shall leave my embarrassing mistake for the whole forum to see.

Actually David, you're not alone and shouldn't be embarrassed. I've seen that version used by many writers. In fact it might be more common than the original


Edited by Chrissy, 25 August 2014 - 21:06.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 00:49

The so called "Fox test" was used back in the days when they were testing the quality of the lines feeding teletype systems, and the machines themselves.  When I started in radio, we had an AP teletype and a weather service teletype that ran 24/7.  They were fed by rolls of paper or boxes of folded paper, and we went through a lot of paper.  Whenever we called in a report of one problem or another, the first thing they did was to send a fox test which included a string of characters after the phrase. 


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 01:23

Waltz bad nymph, for quick jigs vex.

Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 01:42

I never write "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" because it doesn't have a letter 's' in it, therefore it doesn't use all 26 letters of the alphabet.

 

I always write "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", plus any other random sentences after that.

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#13 Freddy

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 01:51

Maybe in here..if not.. had a wholelotta fun...........................

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yes you got you're Spell on me baby....

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she's tryin' to make a devil out of me....

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I need you so bad..magic Woman...

yes..you got your spell on me baby....

 

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Edited by Freddy, 26 August 2014 - 02:46.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 13:27

Attached File  Alphabet sentences.txt   3.23KB   246 downloads

 

These are what I use for practicing my penmanship.

 

DB

 

 

 


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 22:04

I use

 

"Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz",

 

because I think it has the highest intelligibility/number of letters ratio. 



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 02:49

The dog whirled over, quickly catching the fox mid air and thrashed him but good just for calling him a lazy so and so.  

 

Mine is not shorter, but I like it and uses all 26 I believe.


Edited by Inkfillet, 06 November 2015 - 02:51.

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