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World's toughest tongue twister developed

Posted on Friday, 6 December, 2013 | Comment icon 29 comments

Tongue twisters are notoriously difficult to recite. Image Credit:
Researchers at MIT have come up with an unbelievably boggling sentence that's nearly impossible to say.
While it might not make much sense, the sentence "pad kid poured curd pulled cold" has been identified as possibly the single most difficult phrase for someone to recite ten times in a row without getting muddled up.

The tongue twister was presented at a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America as part of a study investigating the brain's speech-planning processes. Participants were invited to try and recite the phrase ten times in rapid succession with the promise of a prize for anyone who was able to do it.

Tongue twisters work because certain combinations of sounds are particularly difficult to recite properly when spoken quickly. To find the ultimate tongue twister, researchers recorded multiple examples of misspoken sounds and analyzed them to find the optimal phrase.

Other examples of good tongue twisters include "the seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us" and the classic "she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (29)

Tags: Tongue Twister

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by Harte on 7 December, 2013, 23:19
Is curd pulled cold the same as Stretched curd? Curd pulled cold is probably curd broken. So it's not likely stretched.Harte
Comment icon #21 Posted by EllJay on 7 December, 2013, 23:50
"She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore" actually is much harder to say than the new one they came up with. I was thinking of the exact same phrase. That one is a b***h to say continuously.
Comment icon #22 Posted by markdohle on 8 December, 2013, 21:58
qxconntinuum....yeah but your an alien, so it does not count ;-).
Comment icon #23 Posted by Odds on 10 December, 2013, 9:55
Well I failed.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Maureen_jacobs on 10 December, 2013, 11:21
Try the shortest one Toy boat
Comment icon #25 Posted by Sojo on 10 December, 2013, 11:29
I had always heard this was the world's hardest tongue twister: The sixth sick shiek's sixth sheep's sick.
Comment icon #26 Posted by EllJay on 10 December, 2013, 16:03
I had always heard this was the world's hardest tongue twister: The sixth sick shiek's sixth sheep's sick. Geez, that1 was a mutha***** to say.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 10 December, 2013, 22:22
I am glad to see that our planet is doing so well that great minds can ponder the impact tongue twisters have on our society...
Comment icon #28 Posted by vespertine on 12 December, 2013, 3:13
Is this what they do with their free time? Fascinating. Try this one, unique New York.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Controller Junkie on 13 December, 2013, 6:20
as sphincter says what? Exactly...

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