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Gurmukhi/Punjabi Pangrams

Fridge magnets don't usually come with 20 of each character so I thought that it would be interesting to have some pangrams.

For those of you who are not familiar with the concept of a pangram, it is a single sentence that contains all of the letters of the alphabet and a well-known example in English, using the Roman alphabet is ...

'the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'.

There are several letters that are used a number of times but all of the letters in the alphabet are used at least once in a reasonably short sentence.

Here is a taster for a pangram written in Gurmukhi although this one is in English.

'Thinking how the meal could be made, using a jagged rhodium knife with a khaki handle, chef created a rhinocerous burger with chopped battered onion and fromage fraise poured over the top'. . . . (83 letters)

It doesn't pretend to be short and I am sure that there are many, more efficient pangrams that use Gurmikhi in English but it illustrates the point.

*Note that only the letters of the alphabet count but paer-rarra and paer-hahha also count so the base number is 37 letters thus, 83 letters has 46 excess letters.

The rules...

You must construct a proper single sentence in Punjabi (although I am thinking about opening this up to English as well :-), that:

  • uses all 35 letters of the Gurmukhi alphabet (a paer-bindi form counts as the normal form so, Jijja with a paer-bindi counts as using Jijja);
  • uses all 9 vowel symbols (with any letter) and Oorda in its Hoorda form;
  • uses bindi, tippee and adhak;
  • uses paer rarra and paer hahha;
  • is suitable for reading by people of all ages.
Remember: the shorter, the better; and, a tip is: try to find words with and early on in your quest. Click here for some suggestions...

Just to avoid confusion, here are the required symbols

In other words, you don't have to use a paer rarra with a kakka, you can use it with anything appropriate, the normal form of oorda must be used with either aunkard or dulaunkard but they can be used with any other letters, and so on.

To make life easier, click here for a crib-sheet with all of the required characters on it so that you can check that you have used them all easier.

Send me your pangram via the contact link and I will post them on this page together with your name (or whatever tag you want me to use) along with the date I received it.

You can send it to me as:

  • a utf-8 file (so a font such as Saab or Raavi would display it correctly);
  • a pdf file (so the font or the coding doesn't matter);
  • an image file of a screenshot; or,
  • a photograph or a scan of a piece of paper you have written it down on by hand - just remember that I need to be able to read it.

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