Amazing Info’s | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have declared the world’s toughest tongue twister: Pad Kid Poured Curd Pulled Cod.
The new tongue twister is even harder to utter than the previous claimant to the title which was declared by American word expert William Poundstone in 1990 to be the toughest ever, “The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.”
According to psychologist Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, the MIT lead researcher, “If anyone can say the phrase 10 times quickly, will get a prize.”
MIT isn’t just studying tongue twisters for a laugh, Shattuck-Hufnagel studies speech errors as a manner to comprehend normal brain function.
“When things go wrong, that can tell you something about how the typical, error-free operation should go,” Shattuck-Hufnagel said.
Based on their study, the researchers tried to understand whether they could make double sound mistakes such as “c” and “t” with different types of tongue twisters. They recorded volunteers saying an easy list of words such as “top cop” and full-sentences such as “the top cop saw a cop top.”
This led to the creation of the “pad kid poured curd pulled cod,” which proved to be the toughest one to get through.
The MIT psychologists, who created the tongue twister, stated that participants in the study had two reactions when they attempted this combination of words.
“They either failed to repeat it or stopped talking altogether,” Shattuck-Hufnagel added.
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