Language is an amazing thing, it can be used to comfort, to warn, to reassure, to frighten, to make us cry, and make us laugh. The English language is particularly complicated and there have been plenty of rhymes that demonstrate the contradictory nature of British English and how it is easy to confuse even the most knowledgeable of native speakers with just a few well chosen words.
One of my favourite uses of the English Language is the Tongue Twister, it’s such a giggle to watch and listen as people try and master these almost impossible snippets and invariably cocking them up with hilarious consequences. Here we have collected together some well known and some not so well known tongue twisters for you to try out in the privacy of your on home.
Or you could email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us see your attempts. If we get enough we might even put them all together and share them on here.
A tongue twister is described as being a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly, and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game. Many are simply humorous attempts to confuse and confound the speaker but a few result in the speaker making humorously vulgar mistakes so be prepared to say an occasional unintentional rude word.
Each Tongue twister should be spoken aloud as fast as possible and repeated three times in quick succession.
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 as a woodchuck would
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.
Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.
Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager
imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.
Red lorry, yellow lorry.
Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks
Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk
Luke Luck likes lakes.
Luke’s duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
Luck’s duck licks lakes.
Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.
Betty Botter bought some butter
But she said the butter’s bitter
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter
But a bit of better butter will make my batter better
So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
I am not the pheasant plucker,
I’m the pheasant plucker’s mate.
I am only plucking pheasants
Because the pheasant plucker’s late.
One smart fellow; he felt smart.
Two smart fellows; they felt smart.
Three smart fellows; they all felt smart.
Mrs Puggy Wuggy has a square cut punt.
Not a punt cut square,
Just a square cut punt.
It’s round in the stern and blunt in the front.
Mrs Puggy Wuggy has a square cut punt.
I have had such fun looking through the thousands of tongue twisters that there are out there when selecting these few and may have giggled to myself at the thought of you letting a rude word slip out when attempting some of the naughtier examples.
I now have tongue ache- if there is such a thing.
An early record of the idea of sign language was by philosopher Socrates who said: “If we hadn’t a voice or a tongue, and wanted to express things to one another, wouldn’t we try to make signs by moving our hands, head, and the rest of our body..?”
In Western societies it was as early as the 17th century when hand and finger movements were used to spell out words. The systems have evolved rapidly and now people with hearing impairments have the freedom to communicate as they please. The only disability is when those of us who have no such impairment have, for our shame, not learnt any sign language ourselves…
This is where a bit of colouring in can help, even if you just stab at the page with a red pencil while screaming obscenities. Regular colouring books are good, adult colouring books are great, but colouring books that swear along with you? They are THE BEST.
Just take a look…