Word of the Day Archive
Sunday June 5, 2011
A sentence, verse, etc., that includes all the letters of the alphabet.
Formerly Utopianna, the country's name was changed in 1904 to honor native son Nevin Nollop, the author of the popular pangram sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
-- Mark Dunn, Ella Minnow Pea: a novel in letters
The ideal pangram contains each letter only once, but it is difficult to compose a meaningful sentence of this kind.
-- Thomas Burns McArthur, Feri McArthur, The Oxford companion to the English language
Pangram is combination of the Greek pan-, "all," and -gram, "related to writing."