Ah, tongue-twister. Those fiendish word combinations designed to tie your tongue (and your brain) in knots, and make you say all sorts of silly (and rude) things. So here’s my challenge to you, dear readers …
1. Not in Front of Mother
I’m not the pheasant plucker
I’m the pheasant plucker’s son
And I’m only plucking pheasants
Till the pheasant plucker comes
2. Thhhh … Thhhffff
The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday
3. Time for a New Career, Susie …
I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.
Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.
4. Battles at Sea …
Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.
5. Oh, Shoot the Pair of Them …
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.
However, the shot Shott shot shot not Shott, but Nott.
6. But You Get Three Wishes …
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
7. Flor Fluck’s Sake …
A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.
Said the flea, "Let us fly!"
Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
8. I’m Not Even Trying This One …
Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
It’s not easy, is it – that’s why they’re called tongue-twisters! The best tip, I find, is not to think about it – if you do, then you’re more likely to make mistakes. But I still couldn’t get through all of these – can you?
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