Engineer and language enthusiast Anu Garg runs a popular website, Wordsmith.org, which includes the A.Word.A.Day email, along with an anagram server, and other offerings for fellow word lovers. To celebrate the site’s 25th anniversary, Garg held a pangram contest. Pangrams are sentences that contain every letter of the alphabet at least once. The classic example is The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy sleeping dog. Martha and her fellow judges chose this one as the winner: Emoji having been popularized, texts acquire wacky faces, although she lobbied for Watson excels at Jeopardy!, quickly outbuzzing human favorites. This is part of a complete episode.
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