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  • 1. Tongue Twisters
    A tongue twister is defined as a phrase or sentence that is hard to speak fast, usually because of alliteration or a sequence of nearly similar sounds.
  • 2. Alliteration
    By combining the effects of alliteration (repetition of a sound), particularly of similar but not identical sounds, with a phrase designed such that it is made very easy to slip (perhaps making a Spoonerism)
  • 3. Spoonerisms
    Spoonerisms are words or phrases in which letters or syllables get swapped. This often happens accidentally in slips of the tongue (or tips of the slung as Spoonerisms are often affectionately called!):
    A lack of pies (A pack of lies)
    It's roaring with pain (It's pouring with rain)
    Wave the sails (Save the whales)
    Bad salad (Sad ballad)
    Mean as custard (Keen as mustard)
    Plaster man (Master plan)
    Pleating and humming (Heating and plumbing)
    Trim your snow tail (Trim your toe nails)
    Birthington's washday (Washington's Birthday)
    Trail snacks (Snail tracks)
  • 4. Tongue Twister History
    Tongue twisters are part of the folklore of many cultures, and were used in elocution books as “recreations in articulation” designed to perfect the principles of perfect pronunciation.
  • 5. Speech Improvement
    Tongue twisters are sometimes used in speech therapy.
    They are also used to help get rid of an accent.
  • 6. To play a game of tongue twisters, you must repeat the shorter tongue twisters three or four times rapidly from memory without stumbling, or read the longer tongue twister verses as fast as you can one time through without making any mistakes. Good luck!
  • 7. Toy Boat
    Can you say it
    TEN times Fast?
    Toy Boat, Toy Boat,
    Toy Boat, Toy Boat,
    Toy Boat, Toy Boat,
    Toy Boat, Toy Boat,
    Toy Boat, Toy Boat
  • 8. Buggy Bumpers
    Can you say it
    FIVE times Fast?
    Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers
  • 9. Peter Piper
    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?
  • 10. Woodchuck
    How much wood would a woodchuck chuckif a woodchuck could chuck wood?He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck wouldif a woodchuck could chuck wood.
  • 11. Seashells
    She sells sea shells by the sea shore.The shells she sells are surely seashells.So if she sells shells on the seashore,I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
  • 12. Peter Pan
    Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut-Butter, 'tis the peanut-butter picky people pick!
  • 13. Cook Cookies
    How many cookies could a good cook, cook If a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.
  • 14. Betty Botter
    Betty Botter bought some butter but, said she, 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 bitter batter better.
    So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter,
    put it in her bitter batter, made her bitter batter better.
    So 'twas better Betty Botter bought some better butter.
  • 15. Fuzzy Wuzzy
    Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
    Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
    Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy, was he?
  • 16. Catherine Crosby
    Catherine Crosby kept some cuddly kittens in her closet. Cuddly kittens in her closet Catherine Crosby kept. If Catherine Crosby kept some cuddly kittens in her closet, where’s the cuddly kittens Catherine Crosby kept?
  • 17. It’s Your Turn