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It seems that several times when I've discussed different styles of Torah cantillation (trop) with someone, and they wanted to sing a sample of it, the text they chose was "Vayugad l'melech mitzrayim ki varach ha'am ..."

Is that just me? And if this is common, how did that verse get chosen?

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Not in my experience... – Double AA Jan 29 '12 at 0:47
I think it's just you. – jake Jan 29 '12 at 0:49

That pasuk is not used in my experience as an example of trop.

However, in the book An'im Zemorot by Elli Schorr he gives a list of the different Ta'amim using common examples of their occurrence. I know that when I first read this I recognized which psukim 90% of the examples were from just based on the trop from the one word. Maybe other ba'alei kriya will have the same experience. Trop Examples from _An'im Zemirot_ by Eli Schorr

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This is done tongue-in-cheek. It is a list of words with well-known trop that people commonly say to "assist" the ba'al kriyah when he reaches that part of the laining. The paragraph bills itself as an aid to help these people "practice" for those special occasions. – Dave Jan 29 '12 at 2:53
+1 for taking the time to take a picture of your book. – Hacham Gabriel Jan 29 '12 at 3:01
Does that say "ta'amei hamikra l'nudnikim"? That's hilarious. – jake Jan 29 '12 at 3:31

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