[B-Greek] Sally sells sea shells PESWN EKSEPSYKSEN

Randall Buth randallbuth at gmail.com
Sat May 10 08:11:52 EDT 2008


All languages have phrases that self-trip.
"Sally sells sea shells by the seashore." This is best read slowly.
People learning English may not have any problem, if reading
this slowly enough. But speakers of English often trip up.
The synapses entangle when the brain
tries to manipulate multiple, rapid messages to the mouth.

In Hebrew there is a radio ad:
YESh LI hHEShEQ LE-SHESEQ
יש לי חשק לשיסק
"got a craving for qumquat/loquat" (a pitted, yellow summer fruit)
In the ad, persons try to say it fast, mess-up, and start laughing.
Makes you want to eat one rather than talk about it.

Acts 5:5
falling down he expired

A friend asked me to say
fast five times, at a normal rate of speech
(with fronted Y [ue] of course):

πεσων εξεψυξεν
πεσων εξεψυξεν
πεσων εξεψυξεν
πεσων εξεψυξεν
πεσων εξεψυξεν
PESW`N EKSE'PSYKSEN
PESWN EKSEPSYKSEN
PESWN EKSEPSYKSEN
PESWN EKSEPSYKSEN
PESWN EKSEPSYKSEN

It's easiest when picturing the meaning rather than
the shape of word. Not as bad as Hesheq le-sheseq
but you can feel the -ks-ps-y-ks staying in line and
avoiding any spoonerism.


-- 
Randall Buth, PhD
www.biblicalulpan.org
randallbuth at gmail.com
Biblical Language Center
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