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  • MIT researchers studying brain speech planning just

  • came up with the hardest tongue twister in the world.

  • Anthony and Trace here for DNews.

  • Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat, toy boat, toy boat.

  • What are you doing?

  • I'm practicing tongue twisters.

  • It's going to be the world's hardest tongue

  • twister that's just come out.

  • And I'm going to get it.

  • I'm going to get it.

  • OK.

  • You know, it's weird that tongue twisters even exist,

  • if you think about it, right?

  • Because these are sounds that we make all the time.

  • These are words that we say all the time.

  • We're planning what we're going to say in advance.

  • Why do we get tripped up?

  • That's what the MIT researchers were looking to find.

  • And before you can find the cause of something,

  • you have to figure out the specific effects and what

  • actual things are happening that get our tongues so twisted.

  • So they got this group of volunteers,

  • and they gave them a whole list of these classic tongue

  • twisters, and recorded them trying to read them.

  • And they isolated the most common pronunciation errors

  • in an effort to start tracing back

  • the cause of our brain/mouth confusion.

  • So do toy boat again.

  • OK.

  • Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat, toboy, toboy--

  • See?

  • It becomes like toy boy, right?

  • Yeah, it's weird.

  • Now listen to top cop.

  • Got it.

  • Top cop, top cop, ta-cop, ta-cop--

  • So the sounds are blending together

  • and they're kind of sounding crazy, actually.

  • And there's always some blending,

  • but there's also always some space.

  • Well, sometimes, right?

  • And it varies.

  • You either crush them or you space them out.

  • And that happens in both short word twisters and longer phrase

  • ones.

  • Like, the sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's seek six.

  • Exactly what I was going to say.

  • That's bad.

  • Or, Susie sits in a shoe shine shop

  • where she shits-- where she sits she shines, where she shines,

  • she sits.

  • OK.

  • We're really bad at this.

  • But what's causing the errors, though?

  • They don't know.

  • But they do know that the quick blending, like ta-cop,

  • happens more in short word twisters.

  • And the spaced out blending, ta cop, happens more in phrases.

  • And that might be because the toy boat twisters have

  • that more-- the shorter words in a regular rhythm,

  • whereas the sentences have more irregular timing, overall.

  • So both errors happen in both kinds of tongue twisters,

  • meaning we use the same brain processes

  • for both parts of speech.

  • That is interesting.

  • But the most interesting thing that they found

  • came about when they were trying to devise different tests.

  • They created their own tongue twisters,

  • and there was one that they created that messed people up

  • so badly, they didn't even blend sounds together.

  • They just locked up and stopped speaking entirely.

  • Ready?

  • Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.

  • Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.

  • [UNISON] Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.

  • Pad kid poured--

  • Cold.

  • Curd cod.

  • Poured cold.

  • Curd.

  • Pad.

  • I don't know.

  • Does it feel harder to you?

  • They are all extremely hard for me.

  • If any of you guys want to record it,

  • we would love to see you trying to do it 10 times fast

  • and see if you fare better than we do.

  • You can leave them on our Facebook page,

  • or you can tweet them to us at DNews.

  • And anyone who does it, they can win five Internets.

  • Five Internets is the most Internets

  • that we are allowed to give out legally,

  • without a license from the government.

  • So that is a big prize.

  • Enjoy it.

  • Pad kid pulled cod.

  • Curd.

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