A tongue-twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly. Tongue-twisters may rely on similar but distinct phonemes, unfamiliar constructs in loanwords, or other features of a language. They are often used as an exercise to develop a flexible and expeditious diction. Here are some tongue-twisters in the English language. Try to read them. If you know some you can post them as a comment.
Try to say the following at least 5 times in a steady pace:
- A critical cricket critic
- A noisy noise annoys an oyster
- A pale pink proud peacock pompously preened its pretty plumage
- As the roaring rocket rose, the restless roosters rollicked
- Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?
- Cows graze in groves on grass which grows in grooves in groves
- Fat dogs frying fritters and fiddling ferociously
- Good blood, bad blood
- I never felt felt that felt like that felt felt
- I never smelled a smelt that smelled as bad as that smelt smelled
- Lotty licks lollies lolling in the lobby
- Naughty Nettie’s knitting knotted nighties for the Navy
- Quinn’s twin sisters sing tongue twisters
- Red leather, yellow leather
- Slippery seals slipping silently ashore
- The big black-backed bumblebee
- The sixth sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick
- The wild wolf roams the wintry wastes.
- Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks
- Who washed Washington’s white woolen underwear when Washington’s washerwoman went West?
- Yellow Yo-Yo’s
Which one is the hardest? Do you know some? Please, share and post some comments.