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Pangrams are short passages that include all 26 characters of the alphabet. They're commonly used to help users of the font quickly assess a character set. They may also be useful to designers in the process of designing their own work but they are too compact for a more thorough assessment. Perhaps the most common pangram is The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Boxer M. Tyson packs his bags with Jay-Z DVDs, Quik, Holyfield's ear. -- BJ Harvey
Typophile Boxing! Papazian jousts with quaking, anonymous detractor. Fight at eleven. -- Joe Pemberton
Abacist’s deaf dog hijacked luminous parquetry studio, avows ex-yakuza. -- Hrant Papazian (This is a rare, alphabetically ordered pangram.)
Wham! Volcano erupts fiery liquid death onto ex-jazzbo Kenny G. -- Jonathan Hoefler