What is the hardest tongue twister you have ever seen? Humorous ones are also welcome.
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I've always liked
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
The sixth sick Sheik's sixth sheep is sick.
But that will obviously vary depending on your accent and region.
As illustrated by this college exercise, it can be a way to improve some specific pronunciation.
There is always the pheasant plucker, it is very difficult indeed in polite society :)
There is a song: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~mentor01/song.htm
She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore. The shells she sells are sea-shells I'm sure.
This one is interesting as it refers to a real person with a fascinating life: Mary Anning, a self-taught fossilist.
One of the simplest is repeating "Toy Boat" aloud as fast as possible.
The incredibly short
has always been difficult for me.
I always liked:
The Leith police dismisseth us.
(Leith is an area of Edinburgh, pronounced to rhyme with 'teeth'.)
I'm not sure if this falls under tongue-twister, but I've always loved it.
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, she bought a bit of butter
Better than her bitter butter,
And she put it in her batter
And the batter was not bitter.
So, 'twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit of better butter.
Lorry is a British English word for a large truck and allows us to use "red lorry, yellow lorry" which is about as hard as it gets.
While not the most difficult, one of my favorites is "Rubber baby buggy bumpers."
Almost anything from Dr Seuss, especially his
bed spreaders spread spreads on beds and bread spreaders spread butter on breads
tweetle beetle paddle puddle battle
and from Fox in Socks, anything to do with
chicks and clocks, bricks and blocks.
Not terribly tough but lots of fun.
And this one from a ladybird phonics book:
Thin chips, thick chips, lick-your-lips chips.
This is one that is hard to say quick:
Red Robin, the red river rat, ran right round the the rabbit's rickety rocking chair, and rubbed his rosy, rusty, red rump on the rumpled red rug.
Unique New York
Is a favorite of mine.
I've always liked this (juvenile) one, from the Steve Martin film "The Jerk":
I slit the sheet;
The sheet I slit.
Upon the slitted sheet I sit.
Contiguous mnemonic anomalies. We had to be able to say this 10 times rapidly to graduate from my GIS class.
A cycle rally is different from lorry rally.
One of my personal favorites:
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, was he?
One of my favorites: "blue-black bug's blood."
More of a 'bum-twister' really, and definitely beneath me, but I always liked
I always like the old Wood Chuck. I am surprised that nobody said anything about it yet.
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.