A Pangram is a sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet
The classic is:
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
(NOTE- I had `jumped' but a reader pointed out that there was no s, and that `jumps' is the correct word)
which is only 31 letters.
I could give a pointer to lists of such, but you can do that yourself.
My concern is:
a) are there any pangrams that have actually been uttered NOT in the context of `here is a pangram'
b) are there any that really could.
That is- which pangrams are natural? I know this is an ill defined question.
Here are some candidates for natural pangrams
1) Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs
2) Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes
3) Watch Jeopardy! Alex Trebek's fun TV quiz game
4) Cwm fjord bank glyphs vext quiz
(Okay, maybe that one is not natural as it uses archaic words. It means
``Carved symbols in a mountain hollow on the bank of an inlet irritated an
eccentric person' Could come up in real life. NOT. It uses every letter
How can you measure how natural they are?
For the Jeopardy one I've shown it to people and asked them
``What is unusual about this new slogan for the show Jeopardy?''
and nobody gets it. more important- they believe it is the new slogan.
So I leave to the reader:
I) Are the other NATURAL pangrams?
II) How would you test naturalness of such?
Pinning down `natural' is hard. I did a guest post in 2004 before I was an official co-blogger, about when a problem (a set for us) is natural, for example the set all regular expressions with squaring (see here).