Do you know pangrams shorter than the traditional ‘the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog’ ?
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Jocks find quartz glyph, vex BMW.
See more here on the Wikipedia page on pangrams.
The five boxing wizards jump quickly.
(Also 31 characters.)
I used this panagram in an introduction to computer science class to test the students' understanding of arrays.
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz
is my personal favorite, although sadly weighing in at one character more than MachineCharmer's.
I tried to use the Internet Anagram Server to find pangrams with only 26 letters, but it says the server load is too high right now, but it did offer a link to another page with only pangrams. Here is the list they provide (some already offered in other answers):
- Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs. (thirty-two letters)
- Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz. (thirty-one)
- How quickly daft jumping zebras vex. (thirty)
- Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim. (twenty-nine)
- Waltz, nymph, for quick jigs vex Bud. (twenty-eight)
- Bawds jog, flick quartz, vex nymph. (twenty-seven)
- Mr. Jock, TV quiz Ph.D., bags few lynx. (twenty-six!)
If I recall correctly, the shortest was a newspaper headline about some vandals who wanted to carve something into a quartz column, only to find it had already been vandalized: "Quartz glyph job vex'd cwm finks" - 26 letters, + apostrophe.
I'm not sure how the cwm (coom) works into it, unless there was a valley involved.