The Announcer's Test

For some strange reason, the following “tongue teaser” has been on my mind lately. It has been attributed to Jerry Lewis, but, in reality, dates from the 1940’s and was once used as an elocution test for auditioning radio announcers. It sounds much more amusing than it reads, but I hope it serves you well as a little chuckle for the day.

  • One hen

  • Two ducks

  • Three squawking geese

  • Four limerick oysters

  • Five corpulent porpoises

  • Six pair of Don Alverzo’s tweezers

  • Seven thousand Macedonians in full battle array

  • Eight brass monkeys from the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt

  • Nine apathetic, sympathetic, diabetic, old men on roller skates with a marked propensity towards procrastination and sloth

  • Ten lyrical, spherical diabolical denizens of the deep who haul stall around the corner of the quo of the quay of the quivery, all at the same time.


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