How now brown cow
"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", was short for "how say you now", and is used in many of Shakespeare's plays. "How now brown cow"'s use in teaching elocution can be dated back to at least 1926.
- Bagley, Louie: "Elocution do's and dont's", Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1926
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