Perhaps you do not know that “How Now Brown Cow” might have had it’s origin from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” when he wrote “How say you now? Is it not past two o’clock?” Also – perhaps it didn’t.
But it has been a part of elocution practice given by speech teachers for almost 100 years, – possibly since 1926.
I am bringing up this subject because I don’t hear well. At least I don’t hear well enough to distinguish words as many, even most, people deliver them. I wish more speakers would take advantage of Toastmaster’s International or other public speaking opportunities. Communication is a two way street. We hear a lot about being a good listener, but not much about being a good speaker.
One way to practice speaking plainly is by use of tongue twisters. So have your children and grand children join in old fashioned stand byes like:
How now, Brown Cow.
Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
Susie’s sister sewed socks for soldiers.
A flea and a fly flew up the flue.
Of all the smells I have ever smelt, I have never smelt a smell that smelt like that smell smelt.
The sixth sick Sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
If you can master #6, you are better than I am. Perhaps I can mime it.