The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over the Lazy Dog. I looked up Mad Libs. Sounds like fun (never played it) and of course explains the meaning of today’s prompt. I did not ask friends or family members for nouns, adjectives or articles. I was going to, but the phrase ‘The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’ came floating out of the subconscious. I seem to talk a lot about my subconscious. I suppose it is because my brain has been around, gathering moss for decades. Plenty of useless information has been hiding in the dark recesses of my mind waiting for the opportunity to escape their confines.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. It’s not a deep and meaningful sentence is it? But it had the requisite noun, adjective and articles and most interestingly (or at least it was to me when I first came across it) it uses every single letter of the alphabet. That is what’s called a pangram. It’s short and sweet and makes sense (not all of them do). For someone interested in putting words together and sentences that will create coherent prose, this pangram was a fascinating discovery. And it was also a handy exercise when I was learning how to touch type as it allowed me to use all ten fingers to type the alphabet without looking at the keys. Once people had access to a computer keyboard two finger typists flourished. They were fast and they were good. Now many people have moved on to phones and one finger typing (or tapping) two finger typists, pangrams and touch typists are also obsolete. That’s progress, I guess.