Strc prst skrz krk
Strč prst skrz krk is a Czech
Czech language
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 and Slovak
Slovak language
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 meaning "stick your finger through your throat".

The sentence is well known for having a total absence of vowels, the nucleus of each syllable being a syllabic r, a common feature amongst many Slavic languages. It is often used as an example of such a phrase when learning Czech or Slovak as a foreign language. Sometimes in the Czech Republic
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 and Slovakia
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, the phrase is used to judge whether or not a particular person is drunk.

An even longer phrase in Czech with no vowels is Chrt pln skvrn vtrhl skrz trs chrp v čtvrť Krč. ("A greyhound full of stains burst through a cluster of cornflowers in the district of Krč
KRC or krc may stand for:* Kent Recursive Calculator, a functional programming language*Kenya Railways Corporation* Kingston Rowing Club, a rowing club based on the River Thames, England....

"), though it relies on irregular and dated forms, whereas Strč prst skrz krk does not. A variation is Plch pln skvrn prch skrz drn prv zhlt čtvrt hrst zrn ("A dormouse full of stains escaped through grass after first eating a quarterhandful of grain").


External links

"Le virelangue - jazykolam : strč prst skrz krk" - Radio Prague article about the phrase
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