We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is an Autogram?

By G. Wiesen
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Language & Humanities is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Language & Humanities, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

In general terms, an autogram is simply a sentence that is self-referential and provides information about itself in the content within it. A simple statement like "This sentence has only six words," is an example of such an expression. Much more complex forms of autogram can include a great deal of additional content describing the sentence, such as the number of specific letters and indications of punctuation used. The nature of these sentences also allows them to easily serve as a pangram, which is a sentence that includes at least one usage of every letter in a language.

An autogram typically contains grammatical information, or the sentence identifies information about word usage, though just about any type of data can be provided within it. Something as simple as "This sentence includes no adverbs," can be an autogram, though one could also be "This sentence is not a question." These are fairly simplistic forms, however, since they deal with general and easy information that is quickly identified by both the writer and reader.

A much more complicated type of autogram is a sentence that might begin, "This sentence contains only three a's, three c's, two d's, twenty-five e's;" the sentence goes on to identify the number of letters within it from A to Z. This becomes quite complicated, since each spelling of the numbers needs to be considered as part of the final letter count. Incidentally, the letter "s" also gains quite a high number of uses since each letter requires "s" to indicate it is a plural.

By its very nature, an autogram can also be used to create a pangram or a sentence that includes at least one use of each letter. For example, in English, the sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," contains each letter in the alphabet. An autogram that is created as a pangram can simply indicate each letter that may otherwise be missing, and note a single usage of it. This is a somewhat artificial form of pangram, however, since some of the letters may simple be forced into the sentence.

Although not indicative of grammatical content or word choice, a sentence can also be created that is self-referential and paradoxical, such as "This statement is false." Logically, this sentence is meaningless. If it is false, then it would be true in saying so and cannot be false; if it is true, then it would be false, which cannot make it true.

Language & Humanities is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Link to Sources

Related Articles

Discussion Comments
Language & Humanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Language & Humanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.