Toughest Tongue Twister Touted By MIT Researchers


BOSTON (UPI) — Professional announcers and linguists may not agree but MIT researchers say “pad kid poured curd pulled cod” is among the toughest tongue twisters around.

The phrase — which must be repeated 10 times as fast as possible — is designed to trigger speech errors, its creators told Boston Daily.

“If anyone can say this 10 times quickly, they get a prize,” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology psychologist Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, who helped come up with the repetitive verbal challenge. She and her colleagues presented their research on misspoken sounds Thursday at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in San Francisco.

Their research indicates there are two types of combinations of alternating words: simple lists and full sentences of same sounds that are inverted. Verbal slip-ups occur more frequently on strings of similar sounding words.

That’s how they came up with the phrase “pad kid poured curd pulled cod.” Say that 10 times, fast.

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