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Are there pangrams shorter than ‘the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog’? [closed]

Do you know pangrams shorter than the traditional ‘the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog’ ?
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Why is the right jack in cribbage also called “his Knobs”?

Before we got married, my husband taught me cribbage as his way of showing me how important our relationship was to him. One of the points in cribbage is for having "the right jack," or the jack ...
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Origin of the chess term “checkmate”

An attack on a king is called "check", why is an attack that guarantees the capture of a king called checkmate? What is the origin?
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Are all officially recognized Scrabble words English?

Looking at the official complete two-letter Scrabble word list, I cannot help but wonder whether they are even based on real English words. Are they? Note: I realize the answer to this question may ...
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What is the plural form of “weremoose”?

From The Kingdom of Loathing: The Pretty Good Escape Subject 37, in the Cobb's Knob Menagerie, wants some spit from one of the weremooses on Level 2. He also wants to know the right way to ...
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What is the name of a pick-up-sticks or jackstraws pile?

Is there a specific name (a single word or phrase) for the pile, heap, nest, clump, cluster, configuration, stack or arrangement of sticks or shapes used in pick-up-sticks or jackstraws, when piled up ...
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Does the game shown in the following picture have a particular name? [closed]

Does the game shown in the following picture have a particular name? (I ask because a similar game does not exist in my country and I would like know its rules.)
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Is there a name to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics?

Word to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics or other useless-in-game achievements? I'd go with overachiever but it doesn't sound like internet slang, nor is it very concise. Stolen ...
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A perfect (honest) pangram that is understandable for a regular native user?

Pangrams were pure wordplays, that because of IT has become a nice tool to test keyboard and fonts, assuming they are easy to remember and short. Therefore perfect pangrams are so nice: you don't need ...
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“Flowers” card suit?

Is there some time or place where the clubs card suit is called "flowers" in English? This is their usual name in such languages as Italian ("fiori"), but has it ever been the case in English? I ...
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Correct way to write High Scores? (Possibly High Scores or Hi Scores)? [duplicate]

Which of these (if any) would be the correct term for a leader boards type of thing? I've seen HighScores fairly often, but I've only ever seen a game called RuneScape using the term "HiScores". (I ...
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Are names of games proper nouns? [closed]

Are names of games such as "cricket", "football" considered proper nouns? And should the first letter of these words be capitalized?
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What does “run’n’gun” mean?

I found the term "run’n’gun" in an article about video games. What does it mean in that context?
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Word to describe something similar to a crook?

Imagine someone that parades around under fake identities on an internet game, breaking the rules of the game but never getting caught. Using his self-made tools only for himself and perhaps to help ...