What more can I say. The wonders of modern scientific research have yet again thrown light on brain processes. This time its speech and the inability to repeat certain combinations of words without turning into a jabbering wreck. It would be interesting if this research team got together with the one from a couple of days ago who showed that men’s and women’s brains were wired differently – does different wiring give a different capacity for handling tongue-twisters? Incidentally I forgot to mention that two days ago Elwood, the world’s ugliest dog died unexpectedly. R.I.P.
|“Are you copper-bottoming ‘em, my man?
No ma’am, I’m aluminiuming ‘em.”
“I’m not a pheasant plucker”
you stutter and utter
whilst selling shells upon the sea-shore
where you’re sure to wonder,
in the spell that you’re under –
“How much Zen would a Zen master master
if the Zen master could master all Zen?
A Zen master would master all the Zen he could master
if a Zen master should master all Zen.”
Good golly, so sorry,
And now it’s been found,
4th December 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “Can you conquer the hardest tongue twister ever created?” Psychologists say their nonsensical phrase left volunteers completely baffled. Asked to repeat the phrase 10 times at speed, many of the participants simply stopped speaking altogether. The study was conducted to shed light on the brain’s speech-planning processes. “When things go wrong, that can tell you something about how the typical, error-free operation should go,”
- Can You Tackle the World’s Trickiest Tongue Twister? (brlmuzik.wordpress.com)
- Tongue Twister made DOable ^ ^ (onlineenglishteacherivye.wordpress.com)
- Can YOU say the world’s hardest tongue twister? Psychologists invent tricky phrase to shed light on brain’s speech processes (dailymail.co.uk)
- Scientists Have Created The World’s Hardest Tongue Twister (kymx.cbslocal.com)