Do you know pangrams shorter than the traditional ‘the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog’ ?

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    The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog
    – Henry
    Mar 17 '11 at 15:04
  • The quick lazy dog jumps over a brown fox. Mar 18 '11 at 20:30
  • General Reference: Wikipedia has a list of perfect pangrams and more. (via @hellion) Feb 28 '13 at 4:17
  • The following 14 letter words might help. They each don't use the same letter more than once: ambidextrously benzhydroxamic dermatoglyphic hydromagnetics hydropneumatic pseudomythical Schizotrypanum subformatively sulphogermanic undiscoverably. And this one has 15 letters ... dermatoglyphics.
    – alan2here
    Jan 12 '18 at 18:08

How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.

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    How vexingly quick daft zebras jump. Mar 17 '11 at 17:12

Jocks find quartz glyph, vex BMW.

(26 characters)

See more here on the Wikipedia page on pangrams.

  • 6
    Does that really make sense?
    – Benoit
    Mar 17 '11 at 12:49
  • 7
    Using abbreviation of german words has to violate the spirit of the question. Mar 17 '11 at 13:57
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    @FarmBoy: I think you can easily make the argument that BMW is as much an English word as any other car company's name.
    – Kosmonaut
    Mar 17 '11 at 14:56
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    @Kosmonaut It's typically the case that proper nouns and abbreviations are not allowed in word games like scrabble. Arbitrary? Sure. But expected by many. Mar 17 '11 at 20:55
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    @FarmBoy: The word games that disallow proper nouns, like Scrabble and Boggle, have specific rules that state this. Other word games, like crossword puzzles or Mad Libs, have no such restrictions. A pangram isn't even a game, it's simply a sentence containing every letter at least once.
    – Kosmonaut
    Mar 18 '11 at 0:44

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.

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    Funny that the word quartz appears in many of these pangrams.It contains letters q and z, which are not frequent compared to most of the other letters.
    – b.roth
    Mar 17 '11 at 13:05


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.

  • They need glasses: o͞o
    – mplungjan
    Mar 17 '11 at 14:03
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    Vandals from a Welsh valley.
    – e100
    Mar 17 '11 at 14:07

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