Many of these tongue twisters are familiar. Some came from the “Speech 101, Voice and Diction Class at San Diego City College. Others are from actual scripts. Some are familiar. Some seem simple. Some will be the bane of your existence. Just remember to warm up your articulators before jumping in on them! And please post a comment here and add your own tongue twisters to the list!
- Rubber baby buggy bumpers
- 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.
- Five fresh fish specials daily
- Unique New York
- Six stick shifts stuck shut.
- Another long block of non-stop rock (from KGB in San Diego)
- The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick
- I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit;
and on the slitted sheet I sit.
- A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
- 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?
- I’m not the pheasant plucker,
I’m the pheasant plucker’s mate.
I am only plucking pheasants
‘cause the pheasant plucker’s running late.
- 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?
- The Leith police dismisseth us
They thought we sought to stay;
The Leith police dismisseth us
They thought we’d stay all day.
The Leith police dismisseth us,
We both sighed sighs apiece;
And the sighs that we sighed as we said goodbye
Were the size of the Leith police.
(Thanks to Viv in Winchester England for the correct rhyme)