11 Classic Tongue Twisters


You guys are still into tongue twisters, right?

I didn't want to admit it. Even for me, it just seemed too childish. But recently a Jason Mraz-tweeted tongue twister had me delighting in my inability to enunciate “Irish wristwatch.” I texted it to all my friends.

So, if you, too, are ready to admit your fondness for such puerile phonetic frivolity, please join me in celebrating 11 classics in the field.

1. 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?"

2. Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager ?
imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.

3. You've no need to light a night-light?
On a light night like tonight,?
For a night-light's light's a slight light,?
And tonight's a night that's light.?
When a night's light, like tonight's light,?
It is really not quite right?
To light night-lights with their slight lights?
On a light night like tonight.

4. She stood on a balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably welcoming him in.

5. Chop shops stock chops.

6. A tree toad loved a she-toad?
Who lived up in a tree.?
He was a two-toed tree toad?
But a three-toed toad was she.?
The two-toed tree toad tried to win?
The three-toed she-toad's heart,?
For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground?
That the three-toed tree toad trod.?
But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.?
He couldn't please her whim.
?From her tree toad bower?
With her three-toed power?
The she-toad vetoed him.

7. If you stick a stock of liquor in your locker,
?It's slick to stick a lock upon your stock,
?Or some stickler who is slicker
?Will stick you of your liquor
?If you fail to lock your liquor?
With a lock!

8. There was a minimum of cinnamon in the aluminum pan.

9. Once upon a barren moor?
There dwelt a bear, also a boar.?
The bear could not bear the boar.?
The boar thought the bear a bore.?
At last the bear could bear no more
?Of that boar that bored him on the moor,?
And so one morn he bored the boar —
?That boar will bore the bear no more.

10. Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.

11. One smart fellow, he felt smart.?
Two smart fellows, they felt smart.?
Three smart fellows, they all felt smart.

(This one contains some bonus juvenile fun.)

* * *

What's your favorite tongue twister that I may one day text my friends?