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A sentence containing every letter of the alphabet, sometimes used for teaching writing or keyboard skills. The most familiar example in English is the 37-letter typists' sentence: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs. A 26-letter pangram in which each letter occurs just once is: Jump dogs! Why vex Fritz Blank QC?, but the use of personal names and abbreviations renders it imperfect, though easily memorable. The only known perfect pangram in English is: Veldt jynx grimps waqf zho buck (which means grassland wryneck causes charitable-land hybrid cattle buck to mount), and the words can all be found in large dictionaries, such as the Oxford English Dictionary (unabridged): veldt is open grassland in South Africa, a jynx is a wryneck bird, to grimp is to cause something or someone to mount, waqf is land given to a religious institution for charitable purposes in Islamic countries, a zho is a hybrid bovine animal bred from a yak bull and a common cow, and a buck is a male member of a species. [From Greek pan all + gramma a letter]

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