A tongue twister is a phrase or sentence that is hard to speak fast, usually because of alliteration or a sequence of nearly similar sounds. Tongue twisters are part of the folklore of many cultures. Below are a few popular tongue twisters in the English language.
Six gray geese in a green field grazing.
Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal rudely ran.
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,
how many pecks of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
She sells seashells down by the seashore.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
A woodchuck could chuck all the wood, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
A big black bug bit a big black bear, then a big
Black bear bit the big black bug.
And when the big black bear bit the big black bug,
Then the big black bug bit the big black bear.
Theophilus Thistledown, the successful thistle sifter, in sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles, thrust three thousand thisles through the thick of his thumb. If Theophilus Thistledown, the successful thistle sifter, in sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles, thrust three thousand thisles through the thick of his thumb, see that thou, insifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles, does not get the thistles stuck in they tongue.
A Tudor who tooted a flute
tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to their tutor,
"Is it harder to toot
or to tutor two tooters to toot?"
If a Hottentot taught a Hottentot tot
To talk ere the tot could totter,
Ought the Hottenton tot
Be taught to say aught, or naught,
Or what ought to be taught her?
If to hoot and to toot a Hottentot tot
Be taught by her Hottentot tutor,
Ought the tutor get hot
If the Hottentot tot
Hoot and toot at her Hottentot tutor?
More tongue twisters are available at English tongue twisters and The Tongue Twister Database. Or go to Tongue Twister Tales to read some tongue-twisting stories by S.E. Schlosser.