The Pangram page

Pangrams are sentences containing all of the letters of the alphabet. They are quite useful for testing fonts, since all of the letters of the alphabet are shown in normal letter combinations. In general, good pangrams intended are short and don't have proper names in them (it's too easy that way). Many of the pangrams on this page are from David Lemon and Jeroen Nijhof. Andrew Dart also sent me some entries.

Here's a collection of pangrams in English:

Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
Waltz, nymph, for quick jigs vex Bud.
Sphinx of black quartz judge my vow.
Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
How razorback-jumping frogs can level six piqued gymnasts!
Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.
Six big juicy steaks sizzled in a pan as five workmen left the quarry.
Will Major Douglas be expected to take this true-false quiz very soon?
The juke box music puzzled a gentle visitor from a quaint valley town.
Just work for improved basic techniques to maximize your typing skill.
Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.
A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.
We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.
The sex life of the woodchuck is a provocative question for most vertebrate zoology majors.
Ebenezer unexpectely bagged two tranquil aardvarks with his jiffy vacuum cleaner.
King Alexander was just partly overcome after quizzing Diogenes in his tub.
The July sun caused a fragment of black pine wax to ooze on the velvet quilt.
Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
Two hardy boxing kangaroos jet from Sydney to Zanzibar on quicksilver pinions.
No kidding, Lorenzo called off his trip to visit Mexico City just because they told him the conquistadores were extinct.
Forsaking monastic tradition, twelve jovial friars gave up their vocation for a questionable existence on the flying trapeze.
Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux.
Back in my quaint garden jaunty zinnias vie with flaunting phlox.
An inspired calligrapher can create pages of beauty using stick ink, quill, brush, pick-axe, buzz saw, or even strawberry jam.
Oh, wet Alex, a jar, a fag! Up, disk, curve by! Man Oz, Iraq, Arizona, my Bev? Ruck's id-pug, a far Ajax, elate? Who?
How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.
The explorer was frozen in his big kayak just after making queer discoveries.
Whenever the black fox jumped the squirrel gazed suspiciously.
My help squeezed in and joined the weavers again before six o'clock.
We dislike to exchange job lots of sizes varying from a quarter up.
A quart jar of oil mixed with zinc oxide makes a very bright paint.
While making deep excavations we found some quaint bronze jewelry.
Six javelins thrown by the quick savages whizzed forty paces beyond the mark.
The public was amazed to view the quickness and dexterity of the juggler.
We quickly seized the black axle and just saved it from going past him.
The job requires extra pluck and zeal from every young wage earner.
Pangrams aren't restricted to English. Here's some French ones, from Col. G. L. Sicherman, Georges Perec (via Pierre Beyssac) and Nicholas Holzschuch:
Moi, je veux quinze clubs a golf et du whisky pur.
Portez ce vieux bon whiskys au juge blond qui fume.
Voyez le brick géant que j'examine près du wharf
(I'm told the first of these is bad French, and correcting the language to
Moi, je veux quinze clubs de golf et du whisky pur
fails to include all of the characters in the alphabet.) Sylvain Lhullier maintains ``Le Bric-à-brac'', with more French pangrams. And in Dutch:
Goed roze sexfilmshowtje van Bep Nooy in Quick.
In Zweden vocht groepje quakers bij sexfilm.
Ik gaf z'n quasi sexy vrouw acht bedlampjes.
Jim zag de helft van de New York-Quebecexpres.
Lex bederft uw quiz met typisch vakjargon.
De export blijvt qua omvang typisch zwak.
Bas wil zelf gympjes kopen van de extra chècque.
Zwijgend bikt Max elf halve croquetjes op.
Ex-premier Jan de Quay was bovenal zelf geschokt.
Felixje, Querido's uitgaven zijn wel prachtboeken.
Voor acht zogenaamde babywelpjes kwam taxi frequent.
Ach, yoghurt is 'n exquis drankje, proef zelf waarom 't u bevalt.
Zelfs Coby vindt het exportquotum wijn karig.
Catz' elixer bij Aquavit gemengd: je proeft whiskey!
Berucht quislingtype krijgt maximumstraf van twee jaar zonder aftrek
Aquariumwinkel bezorgde vijf typisch luxevisjes.
Symphonie van warmoranje rozen in feestelijk luxe-bouquet geschikt.
Alsjeblieft, Querido's schrijvers, welgekozen exemplaren.
`Van Agt won quasi', zucht ex-premier J. den Uyl bekaf.
`Quatsch vrouw', zegt ex-premier J. den Uyl, `ik bof'.
Het tweesextiljoenvijfquadriljoenzesbiljoenachtmiljoenkoppige publiek applaudiseerde toen de snelle bruine vos over de luie hond sprong.
In Latin, only 23 letters are necessary. The following pangram is from Jim Reeds:
Gaza frequens Libycos duxit Karthagos tripumphos.

There are more pangrams and other word puzzles at the Fun with Words web page, and at Inquizitive.

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