Zwei Boxkämpfer what?

Dan Gayle's picture

Zwei Boxkämpfer jagen Eva quer durch Sylt.

I have no clue what it means, but does anyone else find this to be the most interesting font preview in FontExplorer X? I don't want hamburgerfonts-whatever or a quick fox jumping over a lazy dog. I like dogs. (and hamburgers...)

henry_fool's picture

Two box fighters hunt across Sylt for Eva...

Hmmm.

eriks's picture

Zwei Boxkämpfer jagen Eva quer durch Sylt.

x, q and y are very rare letters in German. Luckily, there is the name of an island in the North Sea, Sylt. And a word we took from English: boxen, which means to box, and Kämpfer means fighter, so the Boxkämpfer is a boxer (boxing fighter). That also takes care of one Umlaut which is important in creating German-looking text. Quer means across. There are too many l/c e, a and r to make this as efficient as the quick brown fox, but it is a fun sentence and easy to remember. If you're German.
We have many more that are impossible to translate and difficult to remember, even for us.

Dan Gayle's picture

So roughly it means:
Two boxers hunt across the Island of Sylt for Eva?
Who originally started using the phrase?

Is it wrong for me to like STRANGLE strangle? Originally I just used RSTLNE like on Wheel of Fortune, but I wanted to see an A and a G. Then I wanted a word to arrange them in for my memory.

(You could use "strängle" if you needed an Umlaut, but then that would be silly.)

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