Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs

Dan Gayle's picture

Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs

That sentence uses every letter in the English alphabet. Is that cool, or what? Now I have an alternative to Zwei Boxmampfer whatever or the hamburger whatsits that I typically use for my preview in FontExplorer.

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

That is too cool. :-)

Stephen Coles's picture

It's called a pangram.

Dan Gayle's picture

It's called genius. Don't water it down with your fancy words.

Dan Gayle's picture

But I guess it should make it into the wiki.

Stephen Coles's picture

Hate to burst your bubble, but "liquor jugs" is one of the more commonly used pangrams. Not as common as "quick brown fox", but a distant second.

Dan Gayle's picture

But five dozen liquor jugs? And if it's so common, why come it's not in the Wiki already?

By the way, the wiki links to an extinct page. Perhaps the missing liquor jugs were in that thread?

Now wait a second. That link was just there a second ago. Did someone change it, or am I just crazy?

William Berkson's picture

There was a Typophile thread with hundreds of pangrams. MyFonts uses them in rotation for display, but the thread now seems to be AWOL. Does anyone know what happened to it?

Stephen Coles's picture

I've updated the wiki with working links, but yeah, couldn't find the grand thread which was once here:


Dan Gayle's picture

Dang. You guys are fast!

Stephen Coles's picture

William - Our avatar colors are so close I imagine we might sometimes be mistaken for each other, especially when we post in succession. I certainly don't mind being mistaken for you, but if you want I'll switch my color. I'm due for a change.

Geoff Riding's picture

Um, stumbled onto a txt file on my HD full of pangrams, I think I must have found it on Typophile?

Quartz glyph job vexed cwm finks.
Brick quiz whangs jumpy veldt fox.
Nymphs vex, beg quick fjord waltz.
Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.
Blowzy frights vex, and jump quick.
Foxy nymphs grab quick-lived waltz.
Sphinx of black quartz judge my vow.
Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.
Waltz, nymph, for quick jigs vex Bud!
The five boxing wizards jump quickly.
Judges vomit; few quiz pharynx block.
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.
Quick waxy bugs jump the frozen veldt.
Mr. Jock, TV quiz Ph.D., bags few lynx.
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
Cozy sphinx waves quart jug of bad milk.
Thief, give back my prized wax jonquils!
Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.
Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.
Five big quacking zephyrs jolt my wax bed.
Big quilted Nike jump shoes vex crazy few. (0)
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Jail zesty vixen who grabbed pay from quack!
Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky Beziers. (1)
Dumpy kibitzer jingles as exchequer overflows.
Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts.
Turgid saxophones blew over Mick's jazzy quiff.
Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him.
Adjusting quiver and bow, Zompyc killed the fox.
The wizard jumped quickly over five green boxes.
Zany eskimo craves fixed job with quilting party.
Viewing quizzical abstracts mixed up hefty jocks.
Playing jazz vibe chords quickly excites my wife.
Jim just quit and packed extra bags for Liz Owen.
Five wine experts jokingly quizzed sample chablis.
William Jex quickly caught five dozen Republicans.
Pack my box with five dozen jugs of liquid veneer.
Martin J. Hixeypozer quickly began his first word.
Many big jackdaws quickly zipped over the fox pen.
A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.
Meghan deftly picks valuable jewels--onyx, quartz.
Big July earthquakes confound zany experimental vow.
Zany Jacques' French pub mixed watery vodka gimlets.
Exquisite farm wench gives body jolt to prize stinker.
Six big devils from Japan quickly forgot how to waltz.
The vixen jumped quickly on her foe barking with zeal.
Back home after jiving, she expired with quizzicality.
Mad Brother Jarvis was quickly axed for crazy praying.
Jack quietly gave dog owners most of his prize boxers.
The fox, jaw bleeding, moved quickly, dazing his prey.
Five or six big jet planes zoomed quickly by the tower.
His graceful bisque vase whizzed past my taxi--no joke!
Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
My grandfather picks up quartz and valuable onyx jewels.
Quixotic Republicans vet first key zero-growth jeremiad.
Jack typed requistions for long size white moving boxes.
Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.
How razorback-jumping frogs can level six piqued gymnasts!
Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.
The job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids.
Jack amazed a few girls by dropping the antique onyx vase!
The very bent, jacknifed forms were quizically perplexing.
We have just quoted on nine dozen boxes of gray lamp wicks.
May Jo equal the fine record by solving six puzzles a week?
West quickly gave Bert handsome prizes for six juicy plums.
Fred specialized in the job of making very quaint wax toys.
Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.
Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.
Verily the dark ex-Jew quit Zionism, preferring the cabala.
Jay visited back home and gazed upon a brown fox and quail.
A quick movement of the enemy will jeopardize six gunboats.
Jeb quickly drove a few extra miles on the glazed pavement.
All questions asked by five watch experts amazed the judge.
Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.
The exodus of jazzy pigeons is craved by squeamish walkers.
Brown jars prevented the mixture from freezing too quickly.
Jack Farmer realized that big yellow quilts were expensive.
Jack's man found exactly a quarter in the woven zipper bag.
Jacqueline was vexed by the folks who got the money prizes.
James Boxell, the banquet speaker, analyzed a few carvings.
Jeb quickly drove a few extra miles on the glazed pavement.
My folks proved his expert eloquence was just a big hazard.
Jeff had his size to help him win quickly over Gene Baxter.
The vexing party became dazzling with fishy aquarium jokes.
We could jeopardize six of the gunboats by two quick moves.
Weekly magazines request help for and by junior executives.
Why did Max become eloquent over a zany gift like jodhpurs?
David, Jewish ex-monarch, kept big vineyard, quizzical wife.
Maizie quickly paid Jones for the five new taxis she bought.
The lazy judge was very quick to pay tax money for the barn.
The quick jumpy fox is tired and vicious brown dog was lazy.
We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.
Back in June we delivered oxygen equipment of the same size.
Lazy movers quit hard-packing of papier-mache jewelry boxes.
The Basque M.P. loved his wife's onyx jar and zinc-lined keg.
I have quickly spotted the four women dozing in the jury box.
Judge power quickly gave the six embezzelers stiff sentences.
May brought back five or six dozen pieces of queer jewellery.
The Basque M.P. loved his wife's onyx jar and zinc-lined keg.
How vexing a fumble to drop a jolly zucchini in the quicksand!
While waxing parquet decks, Suez sailors vomit jaunitly abaft.
Now is the time for all brown dogs to jump over the lazy lynx.
Sweet marjoram grew in profusion around the quaint Aztec city.
I endeavoured to puzzle the ex-spy by quickly jumping backwards.
Astronaut Quincy B. Zack defies gravity with six jet fuel pumps.
My help squeezed back in again and joined the weavers after six.
New farm hand (picking just six quinces) proves strong but lazy.
Alfredo just must bring very exciting news to the plaza quickly.
Six of the frivolous women quietly gave back prizes to the judge.
Who will favor extemporizations being resolved quickly by jingle?
Back in my quaint garden jaunty zinnias vie with flaunting phlox.
Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.
Hark! Toxic jungle water vipers quietly drop on zebras for meals!
The king's amazing poised, query advanced with big javelins fixed.
Dance experts would be amazed by his feverish jerking and quaking.
He jokingly removed porcupine quills from a zebra's back with wax.
The judo expert grappled quickly, but with zeal, felling seven men.
Anxious Paul waved back to his Pa from the zinc quarry just sighted.
Joe was pleased with our gift of quail, mink, zebra and clever oryx.
Wolfing kumquats, jovial Charon poled his boat lazily along the Styx.
Using axes, lumberjacks very quickly felled the wizard's pine forest.
If I gave you cloth with quartz beads, onyx, jade, amethyst; keep it.
Six big juicy steaks sizzled in a pan as five workmen left the quarry.
Will Major Douglas be expected to take this true-false quiz very soon?
The juke box music puzzled a gentle visitor from a quaint valley town.
Just work for improved basic techniques to maximize your typing skill.
A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
Verbatim reports were quickly given by Jim Fox to his amazed audience.
When we go back to Juarez, Mexico, do we fly over picturesque Arizona?
Four or five puzzle-box locks can be opened quickly with just magnets.
Make a vow to learn the technique of playing saxophone in a jazz band.
The jovial yokel found six zealots praying and backed qualmishly away.
The queen was perplexed by the lazy calm of the king's jovial advisor.
Xenophobes know unequivocally that magnetization jeopardizes folklore.
Questions of a zealous nature have become by degrees petty waxen jokes.
About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly.
Murky haze enveloped a city as jarring quakes broke fourty-six windows.
The brazen jackal querulously attacked a ferral vixen, maiming her paw.
Karate experts bring down victims with just a few amazingly quick chops.
The fabled quetzal roosted on a mulberry twig, vexing the peevish jockey.
King Alexander was just partly overcome after quizzing Diogenes in his tub.
The exiled queen justly moved, celebrated with a dazzling fireworks display.
The July sun caused a fragment of black pine wax to ooze on the velvet quilt.
Venerable Will played jazz sax 'till 3 o'clock in the morning before he quit.
The knowledgeable superintendent amazed us by quickly fixing five pipe joints.
Two hardy boxing kangaroos jet from Sydney to Zanzibar on quicksilver pinions.
Perhaps President Clinton's amazing sax skills will be judged quite favorably.
Was there a quorum of able whizzkids gravely exciting the jaded fish at ATypI? (2)
Despite being haunted by the wizard's jinx, the quartet performed very slickly.
Troubled by the voodoo hex, the jazzmen packed their gears and went off quickly.
My exquisite painting was ruined by the flavorous, sticky juice known as benzoin.
Someone just asking was quite pleased with our gifts of a zebra and a clever oryx.
Ebenezer unexpectedly bagged two tranquil aardvarks with his jiffy vacuum cleaner!
Fabled reader with jaded, roving eye seized by quickened impulse to expand budget.
As we explored the Gulf of Zanzibar, we quickly moved closer to the jutting rocks.
Calligraphic wizardry expounds a quiet, but rythmic flow eschewing jerky movements.
For civilization, Marx thought justice must be replaced quickly by ways of freedom.
Travelling beneath the azure sky in our jolly ox-cart, we often hit bumps quite hard.
For only $49, jolly housewives made "inexpensive" meals using quick-frozen vegetables.
Five jolly men, using penknives, would cut sixty quills needed by the zany calligraphers.
Our sixth earthquake just spilled five city buildings, leaving hazard in its stormy wake.
The sex life of the woodchuck is a provocative question for most vertebrate zoology majors.
Breezily jangling $3,416,857,209 wise advertiser ambles to the bank, his exchequer amplified.
Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.
Calligraphy requires just a few very basic needs: pen, ink, dexeterity and most of all, zeal.
Curious and wily journalists braved the fury of the six brazen knaves picketing the mad queen.
Justly vexed, the queen exiled the calligrapher who spattered black sumi ink on her fuzzy dog.
Typography is known for two-dimensional architecture and requires extra zeal within every job. (3)
Their very kind aunt was subject to frequent dizzy spells, thus causing much anxiety and worry.
The daredevils quivered, knowing that Rob would commit the faux pas of dozing when they jumped.
William said that everything about his jacket was in quite good condition except for the zipper.
The junior office clerks were quite amazed at the extra reward given by their generous employer.
He wrote deftly and quickly, just amazing us with his expertise and his unabashed love of letters.
The jittery killer immobilized his victim with a wax-filled hypodermic syringe, then drove off quickly.
Six calligraphers, justly amazed, watched children busily cutting quills with their favourite penknives.
The vegetarian menu included gazpacho, piquant julienne beets, rusk rounds with yogurt and excellent flan.
A foxy, quick, clever cat in Switzerland was hit by a fancy sports job with bumpy seats and a grumpy driver.
Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux.
No kidding, Lorenzo called off his trip to visit Mexico City just because they told him the conquistadores were extinct.
Forsaking monastic tradition, twelve jovial friars gave up their vocation for a questionable existence on the flying trapeze.
An inspired calligrapher can create pages of beauty using stick ink, quill, brush, pick-axe, buzz saw, or even strawberry jam.

Portez ce vieux whisky au juge blond qui fume.
(French: Take this old whiskey to the blond judge who smokes.)
Moi, je veux quinze clubs a golf et du whisky pur.
(French: Me, I want five golf clubs and some straight whiskey.)
Zweedse ex-VIP, behoorlijk gek op quantumfysica.
(Dutch: Swedish ex-VIP, pretty crazy about quantum physics.)
Sexy qua lijf, doch bang voor het zwempak.
(Dutch, includes ij ligature: A sexy body, but afraid of swimsuits.)
Zwei boxka:mpfer jagen Eva quer durch Sylt.
(German: Two boxers hunt Eva every which way through Sylt.)
Mylord Schwejk quizt Express ab Ravigsfen.
(German: ??; Express uses szed)
Typographie ist zweidimensionale Architektur und bedingt extra Qualita:t in jeder vollkommenen Ausfu:hrung. (3)
(German: Typography is known for two-dimensional architecture and requires extra zeal within every job.)

Ferunt Ophyr convexa kumba per liquida gaza. {7th C}
(They bear from Ophyr in hollow boats, treasures over clear water.)
Grex Zephyri flabat quodam kanna sonabant. {9th C}
(The flock, of Zepher (westwind) blew once when the white waves sounded.)
Quam pulchre ymnizat fondens vox Belgika cantum. {9 & 10th C}
(How beautiful does Belgium voices makes hymns, pouring forth song.)
Grando quatit zelum pax kirri fabricet hymnos. {12th C}
(Let the peace of the Lord compose hymns.)
Te kanit adcelebratque polus, rex gazier, hymnis. {12/14th C}
(The heavens sing and celebrate thee, Oh treasure-bearing king with hymns.)

0 Peter Bielecki (check sp)
1 Jonathon Hoefler
2 Peter Zelchenko
3 Hermann Zapf

Dan Gayle's picture

Holy crap.

William Berkson's picture

Stephen, I'll be happy to change the red ...I wanted it darker. Let's not both change them the same way!

Dan Gayle's picture

Eric Spiekermann had a good explaination of Zwei Boxkämpfer jagen Eva quer durch Sylt here.

fontplayer's picture

The above list doesn't contain one of my r-rated favorites:

Quick, jab my fading pink zit, evil sex whore!

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Font Player, thanks for bringing R-rated pangrams into the mix -- that is hilarious. :-)

blank's picture

Quick, jab my fading pink zit, evil sex whore!

That reminds me of a joke I would get banned for retelling here.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Aw, come on James... What's the fun in just hinting? (pun intended... heh-heh)

dberlow's picture

I'm looking for, but not finding a pangram. supposedly written by Lawrence (of Arabia) as a message during wartime. It cheats, by using H.Q., B.V.D. and I know Fez is in it too, but I cant't find any ref. to it anywhere...hmmm.


BlueStreak's picture

DanGayle you're a funny guy with obviously too much free time.

I love the pangram and it is crazy genius. It's also very easy for me to remember. We were just in the Virgin Islands where liquor cost about a fourth of what it cost here. So we did pack our bags with five dozen liquor jugs. They actually even have special boxes for the tourists to load 'em up.

BlueStreak's picture

"I’m looking for, but not finding a pangram. supposedly written by Lawrence (of Arabia) as a message during wartime..."

I did a google and found a book reference to Robin Oxman. It said this message was sent by D.H. Lawrence during WWI about a "screw up soldier who had fallen in a river." "Warm plucky GHQ jinx, fez to B.V.D's."

timd's picture

D. H. Lawrence – writer of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, among others
T. E. Lawrence – writer of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, translator of Homer’s Odyssey, rider of Boanerges and ‘of Arabia’

Reveals no pangram though, would he have known BVDs?


BlueStreak's picture

I was going to post a link to where I found that on Google Books. But the link is way too long to place here. You are correct — the reference to D.H. Lawrence seems to be an error. The statement, and reference to D.H. Lawrence as "Lawrence of Arabia," is on page 66 of Robin Oxman's One Liners: Random Thoughts, Observations and Facts Abouth the Human Condition.

dtw's picture

Where did I get "New job: fix Mr Gluck's hazy TV, PDQ" from? A David Crystal book, I suspect. Although it uses abbreviations, for a 26-letters-only pangram (ie all used only once) it makes a decent amount of sense...

Ever since I chose to block pop-ups, my toaster's stopped working.

William Berkson's picture

Here's another version of the T.E. Lawrence story and the pangram.

PS Apparently BVDs were around in WW I.

dberlow's picture

THaNkS T'you! ...

Now, even with cheating, (T.E.'s or anyway), are there any other 26 glyphers?


P.S. Please don't mention the kerning.

Miss Tiffany's picture

You post this and ask us not to point out the kerning!? ;^P

timd's picture

Thanks William, I originally looked at that wikipedia entry for BVDs to find out what they were, I am wondering if T. E. Lawrence would have known them as that as it seems to be an American usage, although if any Brit knew it it would be a soldier or a biker.


Kerning ouch :)

Stephen Coles's picture

the Q-j pair creates some issues and no lowercase 'g' makes it less useful for type testing, but it's fun.

Nick Shinn's picture

Hopefully this makes up for a lack of brevity by its typographic skew. I wrote it for my specimens in Indie Fonts 3:

The formal qualities of a typeface energize, facilitate and inform the typographic layout. Skilled typographers will leverage the attributes of judiciously chosen fonts to maximize the personality of the page, thereby standing out from the crowd.

All 26 are covered up to the "x" in maximize, but I needed a few more letters for condensed and italics, and being an ad man from way back, had to close with a benefit (if not a call to action).

William Berkson's picture

My friend Mr. Google identified some more pangrams here, including this impressive 27 letter one, with no proper names or abbreviations:

Brick quiz whangs jumpy veldt fox.

He also turned up what is probably the source of the supposed T.E. Lawrence pangram, or at least the definitive word on it: An article by Bob Franks in the Dec. 1992 issue of T.E. Notes--A T.E. Lawrence Newsletter.

Here are some called 'exceptional' at the 'Brainy Planet' link:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. (9 words, 35 letters)
Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives. (5 words, 36 letters)
Quick fawns jumped over the big lazy ox. (8 words, 32 letters, Parade 6/30/02)
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs. (8 words, 32 letters)
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz. (7 words, 31 letters, Marvin Moore)
Quick waxy bugs jump the frozen veldt. (7 words, 31 letters)
The five boxing wizards jump quickly. (6 words, 31 letters)
Victors flank gyp who mixed job quiz. (7 words, 30 letters)
Judges vomit; few quiz pharynx block. (6 words, 30 letters)
How quickly daft jumping zebras vex. (6 words, 30 letters)
Foxy nymphs grab quick-lived waltz. (5 words, 29 letters)
Dub waltz, nymph, for quick jigs vex. (7 words, 28 letters, Stephen Smith)
Blowzy frights vex, and jump quick. (6 words, 28 letters, magazine contest 1964)
Why jab, vex quartz-damping flocks? (5 words, 28 letters, David J. Porter)
Bawds jog, flick quartz, vex nymph. (6 words, 27 letters, Sir Jeremy Morse)
Brick quiz whangs jumpy veldt fox. (6 words, 27 letters)
Nth balks gyp, vex cwm fjord quiz. (7 words, 26 letters, Verbatim II-4)
Quartz glyph job vex'd cwm finks. (6 words?, 26 letters)
Cwm, fjord-bank glyphs vext quiz. (6 words, 26 letters, Dmitri Borgmann)
Jumbling vext frowzy hacks PDQ. (5 words, 26 letters, Chris Cole)

domdib's picture

Fontbureau sample PDFs usually include paras with a range of pangrams.

fontplayer's picture

It has come to my attention that the source for my r-rated pangram is Keith Schneider, a contest winner at P22. I didn't remember where I had picked that up, but credit where credit is due.

Someone wrote me saying Evil Sex Whores are not R-rated. I'll leave that to your own judgement.

"Come on kids, were going to see a matinee of "Evil Sex Whores Run Amok".

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

“Come on kids, were going to see a matinee of “Evil Sex Whores Run Amok”.

You talking about the movie "Bratz"? ;-)

Come on, fontplayer, you know it's the fading pink zit that is the cause for controversy here. ;-D

dberlow's picture

"You post this and ask us not to point out the kerning!? ;^P"

Seemed in the spriit, Lawrence not actually having any kerning with him at the time.

fontplayer's picture

Come on, fontplayer, you know it’s the fading pink zit that is the cause for controversy here.

I guess I had blinders on, what with the sex and all.

The point was made that sex, whores, and evil are all mentioned in the Bible. I think if people knew this, more of them would read the Bible.

Don McCahill's picture

Sounds like what we need is a double pangram, with all 26 lower case letters, and all 26 uppercase.

eliason's picture

Just in time for the new school year, I've come up with a new personalized pangram.

Professor Craig Eliason quizzes a bawdy mix of jokers and thieves.

(Mark's helper is great fun!)

Randy's picture

Dude, zits also mentioned in the Bible. Leviticus baby!

akma's picture

Thanks to Mark's invaluable helper, I devised personalized pangrams for my wife and me:

Queer jowly AKMA dupes zaftig beach vixen.


Margaret quickly zips jinxed whiff above.

The caps of "AKMA" make it less useful for examining type, but it's nonetheless fun to have showings with your name built in.

HaleyFiege's picture

I'm using "Ebenezer unexpectedly bagged two tranquil aardvarks with his jiffy vacuum cleaner!" from now on. That's amazing.

hrant's picture

Weak-ass non-sequential pangrams...

Abacist's deaf dog hijacked luminous parquetry studio, avows ex-yakuza.

It even contains an homage to the venerable "quick brown fox".


lgndsgn's picture

I prefer "The five boxing wizards jump quickly."

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