Thursday, March 1, 2012

Today's Trivia – Tongue Twisters

Tongue twister: A word or group of words difficult to articulate rapidly, usually because of a succession of similar consonantal sounds.

Don’t you just love a good tongue twister? This week’s interesting but useless information lists some difficult, popular and interesting phrases that will trip your tongue. Give a few a try and see how you do...

Are our oars oak?

Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.

Betty better butter Brad's bread.

I thought a thought
But the thought I thought
Was not the thought
I thought I thought.
Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.
If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.
Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.

Brad's big black bath brush broke.

Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?

Chop shops stock chops.

Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran.
A big black bug bit a big black bear. But where is the big black bear that the big black bug bit?
Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.

Can you can a canned can into an uncanned can like a canner can can a canned can into an uncanned can?

Don't pamper damp scamp tramps that camp under ramp lamps.

Ed had edited it.

Fat frogs flying past fast.

Gertie's great-grandma grew aghast at Gertie's grammar.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
And chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.
How many yaks could a yak pack pack if a yak pack could pack yaks?
Irish wristwatch.

I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.

While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington's windows with warm washing water.

Three free throws.

Lily ladles little Letty's lentil soup.

Listen to the local yokel yodel.

Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
Nick knits Nixon's knickers.
The ochre ogre ogled the poker.

The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.

Old oily Ollie oils old oily autos.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place where a plaice is pleased to be placed.

Preshrunk silk shirts.

A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot.

Sarah saw a shot-silk sash shop full of shot-silk sashes as the sunshine shone on the side of the shot-silk sash shop.

Shelter for six sick scenic sightseers.

Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?

Three twigs twined tightly.

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I'm sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I'm sure she sells sea-shore shells.

Shy Shelly says she shall sew sheets.

Cows graze in groves on grass which grows in grooves in groves.

Six sharp smart sharks.

A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

Sure the ship's shipshape, sir.

Thieves seize skis.

Which witch wished which wicked wish?

Tim, the thin twin tinsmith.

A truly rural frugal ruler's mural.

The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.
The winkle ship sank and the shrimp ship swam.
What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?

Whistle for the thistle sifter.

Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks.

Crisp crusts crackle crunchily.

White eraser? Right away, sir!

Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
The butter Betty Botter bought was a bit bitter
And made her batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter makes better batter.
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
Making Betty Botter's bitter batter better


  1. Ha! These are a nightmare for me - my tongue is seizing up!

    1. They are tough. I can barely pronounce them once, never mind again and again.

  2. Heehee...I love these, Martha. I've loved tongue twisters since I was little, though I'm not very good at them. I used to try to write my own. Let's see...."Talking through totally tough tongue twisters twice tends to tangle a tired tongue."

    1. I knew you would, Beth! That's a pretty good one you made up. I tried pronouncing it quickly, and managed to do it only twice!

  3. Tee hee, thanks for the fun. My girls are in the same room as I am, and so I threw some of these out at them... it was pretty funny! Stuttering tongues everywhere... ;)