Twisting words

You might expect a political post here, but I’m staying away from all that for now.

Instead, I’d like to share a sort of torture technique (I know, this sounds like I’m discussing US politics again, but bear with me) that I thought up for the benefit of my little sister, long ago.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You give the aforementioned little sister a phrase, asking her to repeat it over and over again.
  2. She considers the phrase; it is innocuous and probably nonsensical.
  3. She plays along and repeats the phrase, hopefully for the benefit of other siblings or possibly parents.
  4. Although SHE is primed to hear only the random words you gave her, everyone ELSE hears something entirely different.

This will make more sense with an example.

Backstory: you’re sitting on the front step drinking juice with your friend Melanie, and you notice one of the ice cubes in her cup has a bug in it. She goes to take a sip, and you shout “Mel! Bad ice!”

There’s your phrase-out-of-phase. Say “Mel bad ice” over and over again in a loop, rhythmically (don’t pause in between repeats… just say one syllable after another).


If you don’t notice anything funny, you might need to grab a friend or loved one, and try saying it in front of them.

That’s probably the best one I came up with at the time… but you can also try “time afar”.

Sorry if the “untwisted” phrases are a bit childish — but hey, it’s not my fault if you choose to say such things!

Try making up some of your own, and let me know if you come up with other good ones!

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