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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.

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8 thoughts on “The quick brown fox

  1. You do bring up memories, Mary. I had three years of typing in high school. Although we typed “the quick brown fox” sentence many times, we were drilled constantly with this one: “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” I think we drilled it because it used so many common letters.

    I think you can search MadLibs and print out forms. When the grandchildren are older, you will find they are great fun and can bring about a lot of laughs.

    • Shall do, Maddie. My four year old grandson likes the angry bird game his parents downloaded on their ipad for him. I’m balancing that out with an angry birds board game I bought for him recently.. I’m not sure whether to find it funny or not, but he and I played the board game for an hour, then he said he was going to play the real angry birds.

      • I’m glad to hear your four-year-old grandson likes the Angry Birds board game. I was thinking about picking that up to play with my granddaughter if/when she comes in August.

      • It’s meant to be for children five years and up, but at the moment my grandson loves to set things up then knock things down. Board games are great for spending quality time. And my grandchildren seem to communicate better (and more) when they are relaxed. I think it’s the adult equivalent of getting together over a cup of coffee.

  2. I remember these words from school as a young kid when learning ‘running writing’ (cursive I think is correct term). The quick brown fox…. was written over and over with a slope card under, but visible through the page. I still use these words if trying out a new pen.

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