I planned on writing this post to share another interesting fact that I recently learned… but as I was fact checking (yea, sometimes we bloggers have to do that) I noticed something else that I had never known… all this time I had been saying the titled expression wrong! I would have sworn up and down that it was The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over the Lazy Dog. Jumped. Past tense. Apparently I’ve been wrong a very long time because it’s Jumps, not Jumped. Who knew?
But the whole point behind this post is this: Do you know why people use this phrase to begin with? The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog. I had no idea… and maybe I’m the only one, because I know that there are people reading this who already know the answer and are thinking “Duh… how did you NOT know that?” But it’s true.. I did not. Until very recently. And the answer is this:
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog is a pangram, which means that it is a sentence that uses every letter in the English language! I had no idea. That’s why it is used in typing practice. It allows you to strike every key.
I think the first time I saw this phrase was during typing exercises on my trades training when I joined the military. While everyone else wanted to be a radio operator, two of us decided to go another route. We wanted to send messages via computer, or so we thought. Remember teletype? Yeah, I didn’t think so. My point is that we first had to “learn to type”, which was incredibly boring if you already knew how (albeit not 100% by the book). This probably explained why I quickly got bored of typing that phrase over and over, and began to customize it slightly until it became “A duck is a duck. Fuck the duck. Cluck Cluck.” I thought that it was pretty funny. My sergeant instructor did not share my opinion. Had I known then that the phrase that I was supposed to be typing was excellent practice because it used all the letters of the alphabet, I may not have been inclined to have taken creative liberties on my own. OK, that’s probably a lie. A duck is a duck is far more fun to write. Besides, I was only 17.
And now you’re learned 3 things.