Common Tongue Twisters


Common Tongue Twisters

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There are quite a few common tongue twisters which have been known for a long time, and are in the public domain now. Here are examples of the best in my opinion:

The first one is about a girl with the name Betty Botter:

    Do you know Betty Botter?

    Betty Botter bought some butter.
    "But" she said, "this butter's bitter;"
    If I put it in my batter,
    It will make my batter bitter;
    But a bit of better butter
    That will make my batter better."

    So she bought a bit of better,
    Better than her bitter butter,
    And put it in her batter,
    And it made her batter better.

    So, 'twas better Betty Botter
    Bought some butter,
    and put it in her batter,
    and it made her batter better.



How did it go? Ok, the next one is about the woodchuck, also called groundhog:

    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
    If a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    It would chuck as much wood as it could,
    And chuck as much wood
    As a woodchuck would chuck
    If a woodchuck could chuck wood.



Did you do better this time? Right, let's go to another common tongue twister, but be careful with it:

    I'm a sheet slitter;
    I slit sheets.
    If sheet need slitting,
    Sheets I slit.


Ooops! Are you sure your tongue didn't slip? Ok, the next tongue twister is about a brave man:

    Amidst the mists and coldest frosts
    With barest wrists and stoutest boasts,
    He thrusts his fists against the posts
    And still insists he sees the ghosts.


One of the most common tongue twisters is the one about the girl with the sea shells:

    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.


Another funny twister is the one about two men, Mr. See & Mr. Soar:

    Mr. See owned a saw.
    And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
    Now See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw
    Before Soar saw See,
    Which made Soar sore.

    Had Soar seen See's saw
    Before See sawed Soar's seesaw,
    See's saw would not have sawed
    Soar's seesaw.

    So See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw.
    But it was sad to see Soar so sore
    Just because See's saw sawed
    Soar's seesaw!



The next twister poem is about needles:

    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.


The next tongue twister is a funny poem about a love story between two toads:

    A tree toad loved a she-toad
    Who lived up in a tree.

    He was a two-toed tree toad
    But a three-toed toad was she.

    The two-toed tree toad tried to win
    The three-toed she-toad's heart,
    For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground
    That the three-toed tree toad trod.

    But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.
    He couldn't please her whim.

    From her tree toad bower
    With her three-toed power
    The she-toad vetoed him.



Alright, the following is funny one about a little swan:

    Swan swam over the sea,
    Swim, swan, swim!
    Swan swam back again
    Well swum, swan!


This is an easy one:

    I thought a thought.
    But the thought I thought wasn't the thought
    You thought I thought.


    (Note: I changed the pronoun in the last line from I to you because I think this way it will make more sense.)


Didn't you ever try to make up your own tongue twister poem? If so, please submit it here to share it.


I hope you have enjoyed these common tongue twisters! Now go on and read Part 2 of the rest of the common tongue twisters!



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