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The Most Difficult Tongue Twister

According to The Guinness Book of World Records, the toughest tongue twister is ‘The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick’However, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claim there could be an even tougher one.  Dr. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel and her team assert that ‘pad kid poured curd pulled cold’ is the toughest tongue twister that has ever been created. They said it is so difficult, that when people were asked to repeat it rapidly ten times, they became so tongue-tied that they stopped speaking altogether!

As to which one of these two is the toughest tongue twister, you can make that decision.  But these two phrases are not the hardest ones to say. It has been my experience that there are at least three other phrases people have greater trouble uttering.  These are: “I’m Sorry,” “I’m wrong,” and “Please forgive me.” Why is it so hard to admit wrong in our lives, to acknowledge the hurt we’ve caused others or to humbly beseech another to forgive that wrong and hurt?  Why is it we would rather a problem grow, love die and troubled relationships become irreconcilable, than look another in the eye and say “I’m sorry” for an ill-spoken word or wounding action? You know the answer as well as I – It’s the villain called “Pride” that keeps a lock upon the heart so that the words of remorse cannot flow from the tongue!  (Proverbs 16:18; 29:23)