Tongue twisters are a series of words or phrases that people get caught up in trying to say correctly, especially several times in a row. The second Sunday in November is International Tongue Twister Day – this year the date falls on November 10.
Tongue twisters—phrases that are difficult to articulate quickly—are celebrated today. They often use alliteration and rhyme, and trip up those that are trying to say them, while being quite humorous to those listening.
As a child, I loved tongue twisters and it was always fun to see who out of our friends could say the words several times in a row correctly.
Here are a few of the more common tongue twisters are:
~Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
~She sells seashells by the seashore.
~How much wood would a woodchuck chuck,
if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
How did tongue twisters originate?
As entertaining as tripping over tricky terms can be, early English twisters were also used to teach pupils proper speech. Whether it’s selling seashells by the seashore or buying Betty Botter’s bitter butter, some of these difficult phrases go way back to when elocution was practiced as routinely as multiplication tables (mentalfloss.com).
Give a few tongue twisters a try with family and/or friends and see how you will all find yourselves laughing for a while!
AlpharettaMoms is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article was written for the November 2019 issue. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this article.