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Old 08-08-2016, 02:16 PM
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What's the shortest sentence that uses all letters?

Technically, "I am" is the shortest sentence I can think of that uses all letters if you don't count the period at the end. On the other hand, if you don't count punctuation, most sentences contain all letters.
"Go!" Perfectly fine sentence, even to the strictest grammarians.
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Old 08-08-2016, 02:49 PM
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How about, “X.”—used as a verb, meaning to mark something with an “x”?

It's got half the letters of “go”.

And, I'm going with a period instead of an exclamation mark. I guess, technically, they're both a single character, but an exclamation mark is a line and a dot, whereas a period is just a dot—so much less ink is needed. X. That's my shortest sentence. You're going to have to pry it from my cold, dead hands!
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Old 08-08-2016, 04:32 PM
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Hmm, I like "Go;" but I think the sentence "X," even if we allow it as a word, requires a direct object of the verb.
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Old 08-09-2016, 08:11 AM
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Yes, the word "uncopyrightable" uses half the alphabet, but its use in a short sentence would seem extremely contrived. ("Uncopyrightable vixens" - that sort of thing.) Then again, "Unforgivable vixens" shows promise. Hmmmmm ....
Having dealt with assorted parody-rule and legal-crapola in the furry fandom, I'm pretty sure I've actually used 'uncopyrightable vixens' in a sentence - though not a pangram.

Is there a pangram tool somewhere? Type in a few words and it shows what letters you still need? That'd make this easier for us lazy folks.
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Old 08-09-2016, 08:14 AM
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Having dealt with assorted parody-rule and legal-crapola in the furry fandom, I'm pretty sure I've actually used 'uncopyrightable vixens' in a sentence - though not a pangram.

Is there a pangram tool somewhere? Type in a few words and it shows what letters you still need? That'd make this easier for us lazy folks.
http://countergram.com/pangram/
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Old 08-09-2016, 12:28 PM
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Yes, the word "uncopyrightable" uses half the alphabet, but its use in a short sentence would seem extremely contrived. ("Uncopyrightable vixens" - that sort of thing.) Then again, "Unforgivable vixens" shows promise. Hmmmmm ....
If we were to forsake the female vulpines: something about a Jehovah's Witness undergoing a crisis of faith owing to reading-matter which he'd encountered, could sort of make "headline"-type sense, maybe:

Uncopyrightable mindfucks quiz, vex JW

If I count rightly, uses three letters twice (C,N,E); and two, three times (I,U).
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Old 08-09-2016, 05:03 PM
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The definitive answer on short sentences
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:54 AM
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There's gotta be a way to do this with Mxyzptlk if proper names are allowed.
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:42 PM
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I loved a recent email I was cc'd on from a city manager to his staff because he needed more info on a new subject brought to his attention in an email:

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Old 08-30-2016, 04:45 AM
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Hmm, I like "Go;" but I think the sentence "X," even if we allow it as a word, requires a direct object of the verb.
Ok, I'm not grammatically inclined, but I see how it fails as one letter sentence if both a verb and subject are required (for the same reason 2 letter words like “go” should also fail, I suppose).

But, how about this for a complete two letter sentence: “I x.”?

It's got a direct object and a transitive verb.

I believe “x” should be allowed as a word:
Merriam-Webster: Definition of x
x–ed also x'd or xed play \ˈekst\ x–ing or x'ing play \ˈek-siŋ\
transitive verb
1: to mark with an x
2: to cancel or obliterate with a series of x's —usually used with out <x-ed out the mistake>


Here's an example: Bob and Tom work for a company that approves documents. If a document is approved, it's marked with a check. If it's not approved, it's marked with an X.

Me: What's your job at the company, Bob?
Bob: I check.
Me: How about you, Tom?
Tom: I x.
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