Announcer’s test

At Radio Central New York in the early 1940s, they devised a cold reading test for announcer applicants that was apparently devised to hurt their brains and twist their tongues.

The test was meant to test reading, repetition, memory, enunciation, diction, and used every letter of the alphabet multiple times.

Jerry Lewis took the test at at Radio Central New York in 1941, and subsequently started doing the test as part of a stage act for his fans as a favorite tongue-twister.

Here’s the test, try it yourself:

One hen
Two ducks
Three squawking geese
Four Limerick oysters
Five corpulent porpoises
Six pairs 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.