Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Announcer's Test

I remember learning this at Boy Scout Camp, and even teaching it to the scouts I was over, but never knew there was any significance to it. Who ever led it would shout out each line one at time and the audience would repeat it. It was a fun challenge to see how much we could remember.

In Jerry Lewis's words: "The announcer's test [was] given to anyone in radio or television who wants to be specifically announcer. And it involves retention, memory, repetition, enunciation. It involves diction. And it involves 10 factors that use every alphabet letter in the alphabet a variety of times."

Here it is:

  • One hen.
  • One hen; two ducks.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers; 7,000 Macedonians in full battle array.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers; 7,000 Macedonians in full battle array; eight brass monkeys from the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers; 7,000 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 toward procrastination and sloth.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers; 7,000 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 toward procrastination and sloth; 10 lyrical, spherical, diabolical denizens of the deep who hall stall around the corner of the quo of the quay of the quivery, all at the same time.

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