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Curiosities

Curiosities

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Just what it says, some curriosities.
Just what it says, some curriosities.

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Published by: Bill AKA "Kenosis23" on Jan 24, 2009
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11/03/2009

 
 
Shortest pangrams.
Manytypists know
The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog 
as athirty-three letter sentence thatemploys every letter in thealphabet at least once. Suchsentences are called pangrams.Here is a sampling of the bestpangrams of even fewer letters:
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
(Thirty-twoletters)
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 nymphs.
(twenty-seven)
Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx.
(twenty-six)If you can come up with atwenty-six-letter pangram thatmakes easy sense and doesnot resort to names or initials,rush it to me and I’ll make youfamous.
From
Crazy English 
, by Richard LedererMuch is made, by some, of the resemblancebetween the Double Helix of DNA and the Caduceus,the modern symbol for medicine, which suggests,they think, that the ancients had knowledge of DNA.
MayIHaveaLargeContainerofCoffee?3.1 4 1 5 9 2 6
This episode starts with a note on mydesk, from a coworker, asking “What isthe lazy brown dog quote.” She was, ofcourse, asking for the famous typewriterexercise which, containing every letterof the alphabet, provides practice forevery letter of the alphabet.It seems she had read that this sentence,contrary to popular belief, did notcontain an “s.” I recalled the sentenceas “The quick red fox jumped over thelazy brown dog” and, yes, there was no“s.”While discussing this strange fact—surely this would have been noticedbefore—the coworker suggested that“jumped” should be replaced by“jumps,” thus correcting the missingletter. Even so, it seems strange thatthere appears to be a tendency toremember the phrase in the past tenseinstead of the correct present tense.It seems awkward to describe an actionin the present tense (vs. the pasttense), unless the scene is in front ofone’s eyes. Perhaps, I conjecture. this“psychological force” is the reason thisphrase is so easily misremembered.In the
Windows 
®
operating system everyfont sample uses the phrase “The quickbrown fox jumps over the lazy dog” todisplay the font and the same phrase islisted in my Bartlett’s (as a “typewriterexercise” by
anonymous 
).Since “
everybody knows 
” that foxes are red,not brown, I humbly suggest “The quick fox jumps over the lazy brown dog” instead.Finally, by replacing one “the” with an “a”(see the box on the top right) we have “Aquick fox jumps over the lazy brown dog.”(Perhaps, if we picture it as present beforeour mind‘s eye, we can recall it correctly.)

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