MIT Researchers Reveal The World's Toughest Tongue Twister!

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According to The Guinness Book of World Records, the toughest tongue twister is 'The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.' However, if researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are to be believed, there may be a new contender for that coveted spot.

Dr. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel and her team assert that 'pad kid poured curd pulled cold' is the toughest tongue twister that has ever been concocted. In fact, it is so difficult that when people were asked to repeat it rapidly ten times, they became so tongue-tied that they stopped speaking altogether. The twister revealed at the Fall Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America that was held in San Francisco from December 2nd-6th, was part of a study conducted by Stefanie's team to get some insight into the human brain's speech planning process.

The researcher says that for some reason, when certain words are spoken together quickly, people seem to lose control, and more often than not, the one sound seems to replace the other. For example, try saying toy boat fast a few times, and you will soon start pronouncing the words as 'toy boyt'! Similarly, 'top cop' seems to rapidly turn into 'cop cop!'

How the brain processes each tongue twister also seems to depend on if it comprises of a few words or is a full sentence. In the former case, the tongue often ends up saying just the first letter of the first word-like tkop instead 'top cop,' while in the case of the latter, it sounds like 'tah-kop.' While not sure, they believe it may have something to do with the regular rhythm of a word list as compared to the somewhat irregular timing of a sentence.

The MIT team plan to continue their research by placing tiny transducers on the tongues of volunteers and measuring their articulation to try to gain further insight. Meanwhile, we can all drive people around us a little crazy by continually repeating a phrase that even the researchers agree makes no sense.

'pad kid poured curd pulled cold'

Resources: Huffingtonpost.com, dailymail.co.uk

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  • bookqueenpaige
    bookqueenpaigeWednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:58 am
    I know everyone tried to do a least one of these...
    • kittylover111
      kittylover111Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:41 am
      I could not say it I did "pad kirl poured curd pulled courd." LOL!
      • bunnyrabbit_ivy
        bunnyrabbit_ivySunday, April 18, 2021 at 9:56 am
        I actually did one of the tongue twisters!
        • danny-boy
          danny-boyMonday, March 8, 2021 at 10:08 am
          I did it!!!🎉😄
          • thenapdragon
            thenapdragonWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:07 pm
            Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
            • bsc
              bscWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6:33 am
              Whoa!
              • renegade5
                renegade5Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 4:26 pm
                That's so hard to say I can't even say it once 😂
                • sky_dragon
                  sky_dragonSaturday, November 21, 2020 at 8:30 am
                  Oh...that's kinda hard to say it many time! But fun to say :)
                  • renegade5
                    renegade5Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 4:27 pm
                    Strongly agree
                  • jkbear
                    jkbearWednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:29 am
                    I can't even do that!
                    • gold3nglare
                      gold3nglareWednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:21 am
                      That was easy. It's not even that hard to do really, you need to start slow, then keep going.
                      • horse123456
                        horse123456Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 4:56 am
                        ....maybe don't say that cuz it's hard other people?? 😶