Fluency is something highly desirable. We are all proud of the English language and being good with words gives us immense satisfaction. However, there exist some extremely evil words and phrases in our language (and others) which can very easily bring our vanity crashing down on our heads. They are what we know today as tongue twisters. You may have come across hundreds or even thousands of them in your confrontation with the English language so far, from simple words like ‘preliminarily’ (try saying it quickly and repeatedly) to entire rhymes. Here are a few of the very annoying of the lot that will have the most articulate of you scratching your heads. Before we start, it is important to note two things. First, our focus lies on tongue twisters from within the English language only, and second, we’ve restricted them to phrases or at most a sentence or two. So you had better not expect Betty Botter with her bitter butter and batter to make an appearance. With that clear, here we go!
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
Peter Piper and his pickled peppers are well known to recently have had a lot of people’s tongue in a knot. Well done to you if you can get it right. If not, you’re in for a lot of frustration.
A good cook could cook good.
What you need to worry more about here than not being able to get this tongue twister right is to not end up sounding like a chicken when you repeatedly try to make a correct streak. Cockadoodle doo!
The sixth sick Sheik’s sixth sheep is sick.
Before you spend hours practising and mastering this particular tongue twister, you need to know (if you didn’t already) that it was crowned by the Guinness Book of World Records as the hardest tongue twister to master. Game on!
She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore. The shells she sells are sea-shells I’m sure.
A fragment of the most popular tongue twister created by Terry Sullivan in 1908 based on fossil collector Mary Anning, there’s a good chance you’ve already spent hours in your childhood practising this one. If not, well, it’s never too late, is it?
Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry
The shortest tongue twisters can turn into the most annoying ones when you can’t get them right. You can be certain to have your Rs and Ys mixed up before you can say this even 5 times.
The Leith police dismisseth us.
(Leith rhyming with teeth)
This tongue twister might look easy at first glance but it won’t take you long to notice the wrestling match between your tongue and your teeth in your attempts to get a correct streak.
Bed spreaders spread spreads on beds and bread spreaders spread butter on breads.
Don’t you wish being able to master this tongue twister was as easy as trying to understand what it means? Keep at it and you just might get it right once.
A big bug bit a bold bald bear and the bold bald bear bled blood badly.
Somewhere in the middle of annoyance and determination while analysing this tongue twister you might begin to think how the word ‘blabbermouth’ originated. If not, someone else around you will.
Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons – balancing them badly.
The last portion of this tongue twister is exactly what will define your initial attempts at mastering the words in this tongue twister. A little practice and maybe your subsequent attempts will be synonymous with the first portion- brisk!
Ed had edited it. Edit Ed edit it.
Another short and irritating tongue twister. Within less than three rounds of Ed and his editing you’d be wishing why someone didn’t just edit Ed out of the entire scenario.
If you found these tongue twisters easy, you might want to try speaking them a little faster. If not, well, you could keep at it, but make sure you don’t break anything around you! Got any other pesky tongue twisters up your sleeve? Let us know in the comments section below!