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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Definitions for pangram

  1. a sentence, verse, etc., that includes all the letters of the alphabet.

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Citations for pangram
Formerly Utopianna, the country's name was changed in 1904 to honor native son Nevin Nollop, the author of the popular pangram sentence The Quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Mark Dunn, Ella Minnow Pea, 2001
Having learned my alphabet letters on a school-room chalkboard, I never thought I'd have a chance to witness nature reënacting this English-language pangram. One quibble: the dog seems more patient than lazy, and the fox more determined than quick. Thessaly La Force, "Lazy Dogs and Brown Foxes," The New Yorker, January 14, 2010
Origin of pangram
1930-1935
The most familiar English pangram, a sentence using every character of the alphabet, is “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” which dates from about 1885 and was used to practice touch-typing on a typewriter. The word pangram, deriving from Greek pân “all” and grámma “letter,” entered English in the 19th century.