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Offline AAAndrew

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Professionally chosen words to test combinations
« on: May 19, 2020, 05:01:58 PM »
An interesting post by a typographer who wanted to create a better set of words than a traditional panagram. It's a list of words with the whole range of letters, letter combinations, round against square, etc... Worth reading the whole post to understand just how much thought went into this list.

https://www.typography.com/blog/text-for-proofing-fonts

The list of words.

Angel Adept Blind Bodice Clique Coast Dunce Docile Enact Eosin Furlong Focal Gnome Gondola Human Hoist Inlet Iodine Justin Jocose Knoll Koala Linden Loads Milliner Modal Number Nodule Onset Oddball Pneumo Poncho Quanta Qophs Rhone Roman Snout Sodium Tundra Tocsin Uncle Udder Vulcan Vocal Whale Woman Xmas Xenon Yunnan Young Zloty Zodiac. Angel angel adept for the nuance loads of the arena cocoa and quaalude. Blind blind bodice for the submit oboe of the club snob and abbot. Clique clique coast for the pouch loco of the franc assoc and accede. Dunce dunce docile for the loudness mastodon of the loud statehood and huddle. Enact enact eosin for the quench coed of the pique canoe and bleep. Furlong furlong focal for the genuflect profound of the motif aloof and offers. Gnome gnome gondola for the impugn logos of the unplug analog and smuggle. Human human hoist for the buddhist alcohol of the riyadh caliph and bathhouse. Inlet inlet iodine for the quince champion of the ennui scampi and shiite. Justin justin jocose for the djibouti sojourn of the oranj raj and hajjis. Knoll knoll koala for the banknote lookout of the dybbuk outlook and trekked. Linden linden loads for the ulna monolog of the consul menthol and shallot. Milliner milliner modal for the alumna solomon of the album custom and summon. Number number nodule for the unmade economic of the shotgun bison and tunnel. Onset onset oddball for the abandon podium of the antiquo tempo and moonlit. Pneumo pneumo poncho for the dauphin opossum of the holdup bishop and supplies. Quanta quanta qophs for the inquest sheqel of the cinq coq and suqqu. Rhone rhone roman for the burnt porous of the lemur clamor and carrot. Snout snout sodium for the ensnare bosom of the genus pathos and missing. Tundra tundra tocsin for the nutmeg isotope of the peasant ingot and ottoman. Uncle uncle udder for the dunes cloud of the hindu thou and continuum. Vulcan vulcan vocal for the alluvial ovoid of the yugoslav chekhov and revved. Whale whale woman for the meanwhile blowout of the forepaw meadow and glowworm. Xmas xmas xenon for the bauxite doxology of the tableaux equinox and exxon. Yunnan yunnan young for the dynamo coyote of the obloquy employ and sayyid. Zloty zloty zodiac for the gizmo ozone of the franz laissez and buzzing.
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Re: Professionally chosen words to test combinations
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 05:41:37 PM »
Goodness.  Well, these should be great to practice with!

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Re: Professionally chosen words to test combinations
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2020, 06:23:47 PM »
Very interesting read! I am curious to see how it translates to practicing calligraphy. Thanks for sharing.  :D
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Re: Professionally chosen words to test combinations
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 04:59:02 AM »
Wow, that’s really faszinating, @AAAndrew ! Did you see that there are even extra lists for caps and small caps? They should be really useful for practising roman majuscules!

I’m tempted to cook up something like that for German, but I think it would be a distraction  ;D
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Re: Professionally chosen words to test combinations
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2020, 08:25:51 AM »
@Estefa I did see the other lists. There's also the pdf to download with all of them. I figured the all-capital lists were not as realistic for most calligraphers, unless you do Roman incised or something like that.

This article prompted me to look up to find more pangrams and found this German one, I'm sure you're already familiar with, that uses all of the umlauts as well.  :D

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Re: Professionally chosen words to test combinations
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2020, 10:23:44 AM »
Interesting.
Some pretty rare letter combos in there (Qophs, zloty, sayyid, . . .), which I probably wouldn't spend much time practicing due to their infrequent use, but rather practice the most common words, like those on this list.
http://shabanali.com/upload/1000words.pdf
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Re: Professionally chosen words to test combinations
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2020, 07:00:58 AM »
@Estefa I did see the other lists. There's also the pdf to download with all of them. I figured the all-capital lists were not as realistic for most calligraphers, unless you do Roman incised or something like that.

This article prompted me to look up to find more pangrams and found this German one, I'm sure you're already familiar with, that uses all of the umlauts as well.  :D

Victor jagt zwölf Boxkämpfer quer über den großen Sylter Deich

@AAAndrew Hehe, I do know that. You know what it means? Another one that is as short as possible is:

"Fix, Schwyz!" quäkt Jürgen blöd vom Pass. ("Quickly, Schwyz (a village in Switzerland)!" squawks Jürgen stupidly from the Pass.) Strictly speaking, that's not complete as the F and J are capitals and the ß is missing. You can write "Paß" like this, but then it’s not correct after the new orthographic rules ;D
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