One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sentence or verse that contains all the letters of the alphabet.
- ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ is a contemptible attempt at a pangram.’
- ‘Which athlete features in a 33-letter pangram?’
- ‘There are several perfect pangrams (ones that use just 26 letters), the best of which seems to be, ‘Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx.’’
- ‘This book, appropriately called ‘a novel in letters, ‘is set on the fictional island of Nollop, which is named after the man who invented the pangram ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’’
Late 19th century: from pan- + -gram, after anagram.
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