Word Ways


Alan G. Wagner


The word Qing, the name of the last Chinese dynasty (1644-1912), is frequently employed as an adjective, as in Qing porcelain. Used in a pangram, Qing has the obvious advantage of taking care of the Q while freeing up the U to be used elsewhere, resulting in 26-letter pangrams which make much better sense and use more familiar words than the ones I have seen. However, Qing does not appear as an entry in Merriam-Webster's Tenth New Collegiate (10C), Merriam-Webster's Third New International (NI3), or the Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition (OED). 10C does have an entry for Ching (or Ch'ing), the difficulty being that different systems exist for redering the sounds of the Chinese language into Western alphabets. Qing follows the pinyin romanization which is the system considered authoritative in the People's Republic of China since 1949.