Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tongue Twisters

The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.



Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?


Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.


Betty Botter had some butter,
"But," she said, "this butter's bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
it would make my batter bitter.


But a bit of better butter--
that would make my batter better."


So she bought a bit of butter,
better than her bitter butter,
and she baked it in her batter,
and the batter was not bitter.
So 'twas better Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter.


Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistles stick.


A big black bug bit a big black bear,
made the big black bear bleed blood.


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.


Shy Shelly says she shall sew sheets.


A bitter biting bittern
Bit a better brother bittern,
And the bitter better bittern
Bit the bitter biter back.
And the bitter bittern, bitten,
By the better bitten bittern,
Said: "I'm a bitter biter bit, alack!"


A noisy noise annoys an oyster.


Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
Now See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw
Before Soar saw See,
Which made Soar sore.
Had Soar seen See's saw
Before See sawed Soar's seesaw,
See's saw would not have sawed
Soar's seesaw.
So See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw.
But it was sad to see Soar so sore
Just because See's saw sawed
Soar's seesaw!


I cannot bear to see a bear
Bear down upon a hare.
When bare of hair he strips the hare,
Right there I cry, "Forbear!"


Tim, the thin twin tinsmith


I need not your needles, they're needless to me;
For kneading of noodles, 'twere needless, you see;
But did my neat knickers but need to be kneed,
I then should have need of your needles indeed.


A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk,
but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

Flee from fog to fight flu fast!


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 wood as a woodchuck would
if a woodchuck could chuck wood.


Six short slow shepherds.


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.


Which witch wished which wicked wish?


Old oily Ollie oils old oily autos.


The two-twenty-two train tore through the tunnel.


Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed
shilly-shallied south.
These sheep shouldn't sleep in a shack;
sheep should sleep in a shed.


Sure the ship's shipshape, sir.


Of all the felt I ever felt,
I never felt a piece of felt
which felt as fine as that felt felt,
when first I felt that felt hat's felt.




Don't pamper damp scamp tramps that camp under ramp lamps.



Swan swam over the sea,
Swim, swan, swim!
Swan swam back again
Well swum, swan!


Six shimmering sharks sharply striking shins.


Brad's big black bath brush broke.



Strict strong stringy Stephen Stretch
slickly snared six sickly silky snakes.


Susan shineth shoes and socks;
socks and shoes shines Susan.
She ceased shining shoes and socks,
for shoes and socks shock Susan.


If one doctor doctors another doctor, does the doctor
who doctors the doctor doctor the doctor the way the
doctor he is doctoring doctors? Or does he doctor
the doctor the way the doctor who doctors doctors?



While we were walking, we were watching window washers
wash Washington's windows with warm washing water.



The crow flew over the river
with a lump of raw liver.



Good blood, bad blood.


Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager
imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?



She stood on the balcony
inexplicably mimicing him hiccupping,
and amicably welcoming him home.


Ned Nott was shot
and Sam Shott was not.
So it is better to be Shott
than Nott.
Some say Nott
was not shot.
But Shott says
he shot Nott.
Either the shot Shott shot at Nott
was not shot,
or
Nott was shot.
If the shot Shott shot shot Nott,
Nott was shot.
But if the shot Shott shot shot Shott,
then Shott was shot,
not Nott. I need not your needles, they're needless to me;
For kneading of noodles, 'twere needless, you see;
But did my neat knickers but need to be kneed,
I then should have need of your needles indeed.
However,
the shot Shott shot shot not Shott --
but Nott.


Pretty Kitty Creighton had a cotton batten cat.
The cotton batten cat was bitten by a rat.
The kitten that was bitten had a button for an eye,
And biting off the button made the cotton batten fly.


Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.

A quick witted cricket critic.




I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.
Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.



How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?





Denise sees the fleece,
Denise sees the fleas.
At least Denise could sneeze
and feed and freeze the fleas.



Sheena leads, Sheila needs.


The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.




Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?


Seth at Sainsbury's sells thick socks.


You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss, for asparagus!


Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins.


Clean clams crammed in clean cans.


Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.


I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish.


There was a fisherman named Fisher
who fished for some fish in a fissure.
Till a fish with a grin,
pulled the fisherman in.
Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.


To sit in solemn silence in a dull dark dock



One-one was a race horse.
Two-two was one too.
One-one won one race.
Two-two won one too.


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