English Tongue Twisters
Amidst the mists and coldest frosts,
With stoutest wrists and loudest boasts,
He thrusts his fist against the posts
And still insists he sees the ghosts.
Are our oars oak?
Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran.
Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
Betty better butter Brad’s bread.
Betty Botter bought some butter,
«But,» she said, «this butter’s bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
It will 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.
A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood.
Black bug’s blood.
The blue bluebird blinks.
The bootblack bought the black boot back.
A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits.
Brad’s big black bath brush broke.
Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?
Cedar shingles should be shaved and saved.
A cheap ship trip.
Chop shops stock chops.
Cows graze in groves on grass which grows in grooves in groves.
Crisp crusts crackle crunchily.
Don’t pamper damp scamp tramps that camp under ramp lamps.
A dozen double damask dinner napkins.
Draw drowsy ducks and drakes.
Ed had edited it.
The epitome of femininity.
Fat frogs flying past fast.
A fat thrush flies through thick fog.
Flee from fog to fight flu fast!
Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.
Freshly fried flying fish, freshly fried flesh.
Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks.
Gertie’s great-grandma grew aghast at Gertie’s grammar.
Girl gargoyle, guy gargoyle.
Give me the gift of a griptop sock: a drip-drape, ship-shape, tip-top sock.
Give Mr. Snipe’s wife’s knife a swipe.
Good blood, bad blood.
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.
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!»
I can think of six thin things and of six thick things too.
I correctly recollect Rebecca MacGregor’s reckoning.
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?
If Stu chews shoes, should Stu choose the shoes he chews?
I’m not the pheasant plucker,
I’m the pheasant plucker’s mate.
I’m only plucking pheasants
‘Cause the pheasant plucker’s late.
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.
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slittedsheet I sit.
Is this your sister’s sixth zither, sir?
I thought a thought
But the thought I thought
Was not the thought
I thought I thought.
Kris Kringle carefully crunched on candy canes.
A laurel-crowned clown.
The Leith police dismisseth us.
Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.
Lily ladles little Letty’s lentil soup.
Listen to the local yokel yodel.
Lovely lemon liniment.
Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.
The minx mixed a medicinal mixture.
Mix, Miss, Mix!
Moose noshing much mush.
My dame hath a lame tame crane,
My dame hath a crane that is lame.
The myth of Miss Muffet.
Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
The ochre ogre ogled the poker.
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.
Old oily Ollie oils old oily autos.
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.
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?
Pick a partner and practice passing, for if you pass proficiently, perhaps you’ll play professionally.
Plague-bearing prairie dogs.
A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place where a plaice is pleased to be placed.
Please pay promptly.
Pope Sixtus VI’s six texts.
Preshrunk silk shirts.
A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot.
Quick kiss. Quicker kiss.
Red leather, yellow leather.
Red lorry, yellow lorry.
Ruby Rugby’s brother bought and brought her back some rubber baby-buggy bumpers.
Sam’s shop stocks short spotted socks.
Sarah saw a shot-silk sash shop full of shot-silk sashes as the sunshine shone on the side of the shot-silk sash shop.
The sawingest saw I ever saw saw was the saw I saw saw in Arkansas.
Say this sharply, say this sweetly;
Say this shortly, say this softly;
Say this sixteen times in succession.
Shelter for six sick scenic sightseers.
She sells seashells on the seashore.
The shells she sells are seashells, I’m sure.
She stood on the balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping, and amicably welcoming him home.
She was a thistle sifter and sifted thistles through a thistle sieve.
Shredded Swiss cheese.
Shy Shelly says she shall sew sheets.
Sinful Caesar sipped his snifter, seized his knees, and sneezed.
The sinking steamer sank.
Six sharp smart sharks.
Six shimmering sharks sharply striking shins.
Six short slow shepherds.
Six sick slick slim sycamore saplings.
Six slippery snails slid slowly seaward.
Six sticky sucker sticks.
The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
Six twin-screwed steel steam cruisers.
A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
Sly Sam slurps Sally’s soup.
The soldiers should have shooters on their shoulders. Some shun sunshine.
Strange strategic statistics.
Strict strong stringy Stephen Stretch slickly snared six sickly silky snakes.
«Surely Sylvia swims!» shrieked Sammy, surprised.
«Someone should show Sylvia some strokes so she shall not sink.
«Sure the ship’s shipshape, sir.
Swan swam over the sea.
Swim, swan, swim!
Swan swam back again.
Well swum, swan!
That bloke’s back bike brake-block broke.
Thieves seize skis.
Three free throws.
Three gray geese in the green grass grazing.
Gray were the geese and green was the grass.
Three twigs twined tightly.
Tim, the thin twin tinsmith.
Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
A truly rural frugal ruler’s mural.
A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor:
«Is it harder to toot or
To tutor two tooters to toot?»
Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
Two toads, totally tired.
The two-twenty-two train tore through the tunnel.
Unique New York.
Vincent vowed vengence very vehemently.
We surely shall see the sun shine soon.
What noise annoys a noisy oyster? A noisy noise annoys a noisy oyster.
What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?
When a twister a-twisting will twist him a twist,
For the twisting a twist, he three twines will entwist;
But if one of the twines of the twist do untwist,
The twine that untwistethuntwisteth the twist.
Which switch, Miss, is the right switch for Ipswich, Miss?
Which witch wished which wicked wish?
Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington’s windows with warm washing water.
Whistle for the thistle sifter.
White eraser? Right away, sir!
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.