Can You Tackle the World’s Trickiest Tongue Twister?

It's harder than it looks.

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Try and say this aloud 10 times fast. Ready? Go:

Pad kid poured curd pulled cold.

Hardest thing you’ve done all week, right? Psychologists at MIT claim it’s the world’s most frustrating tongue twister ever.

Is this an exact science? No. (Or like, maybe. But yeah, probably not.) But the researchers said that nearly all participants, when asked to repeat the phrase 10 times, just froze and stopped talking altogether, the Daily Mail reports. The team presented the tongue twister at the recent meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Francisco to analyze the brain’s speech-planning processes.

So forget your old passé “She sells sea-shells by the sea-shore” or “Unique New York” (which is still, admittedly, ridiculously hard.) There’s a new tongue twister in town to frustrate the hell out of you. Enjoy your new parlor trick!

15 comments
josefnoka
josefnoka

ofjasdkghdiagsdk,sidghsdksdioghsdigksdkghsdiogd sgihsdighsdjkg ighsjgk shgojs godhio ghi -the hardest one yet

R.AubreyHawton
R.AubreyHawton

Who slit the sheets?

The sheets are slit

Whoever slit the sheets

Is a good sheet slitter.



May not be difficult, but can lead to some interesting "variations"


MamaSue
MamaSue

Pssshhht... this one's easy. The toughest thing I've found to say ten times fast is "Unique New York." 

RyanAirth
RyanAirth

For those who are finding it easy, try saying it faster and faster.

honore200
honore200

Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut and Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid- now THAT is hard. 


DylanLiu17
DylanLiu17

hey all, try "The Sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" that my friends, is the hardest tongue twister out there.

StvMuturi
StvMuturi

Easy peasy, did it more then 10 times at speed without an error! Are those real scientists or people with linguistic deficiencies?

anupthinks
anupthinks

I could do it 10 times at a stretch . Its not so hard .

oil88
oil88

if only you speak Cantonese... we have nine tones

droy01c
droy01c

I agree with @mrhiggns. I counted saying 25 times at a stretch, before gasping for breath

Dr_D_
Dr_D_

I had no problem telling the tongue-twister 10 times. I agree, it could be tiring for some. Many languages have tongue-twisters.

mrhiggns
mrhiggns

What does it mean if you have no trouble whatsoever saying it over and over and over and over and over?

rd.bolton
rd.bolton

It means you are a genius and Time . com -- well, they are not genius'
 for reporting this dopey study by "psychologists" at MIT