Is This The World's Hardest Tongue Twister? See For Yourself

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Look out, Peter Piper. 

MIT researchers claim they’ve discovered the world’s hardest tongue twister.

Ready for it?

"Pad kid poured curd pulled cod."

Go ahead, try to say it ten times fast. I gave up after a few maddening failed attempts and proceeded to beat my tongue with a hammer.

The slippery sound sequence proved so difficult for test participants to say that lead researcher Stephanie Shattuck-Hufnagel said “If anyone can say this phrase ten times quickly, they get a prize.”

The study, which was presented at the Acoustical Society of America in San Francico, sought to use tongue twister struggles as a way of understanding how the brain processes pronunciation. In an awesome PR move, the study was titled “Tripped Tongues Teach Speech Secrets.”

Well played, research team.

Up for more tongue twister tests? Try saying any of these phrases 10 ten times fast.

  • Toy boat
  • World wide web
  • Sheena leads, Sheila needs.
  • Send toast to ten tense stout saints' ten tall tents.
  • Clean clams crammed in clean cans.
  • Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who sounds like an idiot trying to pronounce these phrases. This video should provide some consolation:

Sources: Fox Boston, Uebersetzung, YouTube