How did "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" become the typical sentence that contains all letters of the alphabet and not "sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow" which is objectively a million times cooler

the Christian lobbying organizations thought it sounded too much like something from Harry Potter

@LoganDice because young kids (the people who primarily use these sentences I think) can spell all the words in the first one.

@LoganDice maybe because that sentence doesn’t actually contain all the letters of the alphabet? :)

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I've always been partial to "The five boxing wizards jump quickly" and "how vexingly quickly daft zebras jump"

@LoganDice he jokingly removed porcupine quills from the zebra’s back with wax!

@LoganDice ah yes, the traditional reuse of classic high-value tweets on Mastodon. Apart from that, the quick brown fox sentence was because of the way typewriter keys were arranged, not about containing all letters.

@LoganDice "Pack by box with five dozen liquor jugs" is best though


Perhaps the people typing it were sales people and they didn't want to concern their customers.

@LoganDice And now we're enjoying thanks to your prompt.

We do rather like, "Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes" but the sphinx is clearly the coolest.

@LoganDice German has some more challanges:

„Fix, Schwyz!“, quäkt Jürgen blöd vom Paß.

@LoganDice I love the German sentence "Franz jagt im komplett verwahrlosten Taxi quer durch Bayern" which translates to "Franz rushes through Bavaria crosswise in the completely run-down taxi"

@LoganDice Counterpoint: "Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs"

@LoganDice and it's also more correct because the first sentence uses 'the' twice while the sphinx one doesn't

@LoganDice oups!! Of course the F is in "of" and I'm blind and I was not as awake as I thought when I wrote this!!

En français : Portez ce vieux whisky au juge blond qui fume.
In french: Take this old whiskey to the blond judge who smokes

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