Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Your Harvard Sentence for today, Wednesday, April 20th:

They sliced the sausage thin, with a knife.

(The Harvard sentences are a collection of phonetically balanced sentences that measure a large range of different qualities in the human voice. They were originally published in 1969 and are used by analysts like my beloved Sascha to test sound quality whenever and wherever sound quality needs to be tested. Verizon testers use them, for example, instead of saying, "can you hear me now". Every so often, somewhere in our house I will find a cellphone lying open in a corner, Harvard Sentences whispering quietly out of it, one by one, with infinite patience and regularity.)


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