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Mar 17, 2016
This week’s theme
Playing with words

This week’s words
rebus
calligram
ambigram
pangram
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pangram
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pangram

PRONUNCIATION:
(PAN-gram, -gruhm, PANG-)

MEANING:
noun: A sentence that makes use of all the letters of the alphabet.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek pan- (all) + -gram (something written). Earliest documented use: 1873.

NOTES:
The best-known pangram is: The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. Here’s a pangram that makes use of the whole alphabet in a 26-letter sentence: Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx.
What pangrams can you come up with? Share them on our website or email words@wordsmith.org.

USAGE:
“‘Whatcha working on, kid? Something new for me?’ ...
‘Pangram,’ Bill said with the curtness of a drill sergeant.
‘When zombies arrive, quickly fax Judge Pat.’”
George Wright Padgett; Cruel Devices; Grey Gecko Press; 2014.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him. -Bayard Rustin, civil rights activist (17 Mar 1912-1987)

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