How now brown cow

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"How now brown cow" is a phrase used in elocution teaching to demonstrate rounded vowel sounds. Each "ow" sound in the phrase represents an individual diphthong. Although not in use today, the phrase "how now" is a greeting, short for "how say you now", and can be found in archaic literature, such as the plays of William Shakespeare.

Origin[edit]

The use of the phrase "how now brown cow" in teaching elocution can be dated back to at least 1926.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bagley, Louie: "Elocution do's and dont's", Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1926