Thursday, June 08, 2006

Tongue Twisters that trick tongues

I just realised while chatting with Wan Wen that i have always been interested in tongue twisters since the 1st one i learnt and memorised from Pets textbook in primary school, its still my favourite twister till date. Presenting Betty Botter:

Betty Botter had some butter,"But," she said, "this butter's bitter. If I bake this bitter butter,it would 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.

Fanna, the new Hindi Movie had a really cool song about tongue twisters, have to go hunt for the lyrics.

In response to Wan Wen's suggestion on my tag board to hire playmates, i asked her where is such a thing possible. Instead she suggested fishing fishes out of the sea and my response: Yuck those slimy, slithery things that stink. Then i realised that i had just created a wonderful tongue twister with the last 5 words. I also created the title of tongue twisters that trick tongues.

Here are a couple more, that are reallu hilarious and keep getting my tongue ties and twisted, from a website i found:

1) A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

2) 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.

3) 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!

4) 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.

5) 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.

6) Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep. The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed shilly-shallied south. These sheep shouldn't sleep in a shack; sheep should sleep in a shed.

7) 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.

8) 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.

9) 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?

10) Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie managerimagining managing an imaginary menagerie?

11) 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.

I have always had loads of fun with tongue twisters, not only are they good conversation starters but it is a good way to pass time as well. I have always been taught during the speech and drama sessions(i really enjoyed them and can still remember how i stapled my finger while trying to make my cat mask for the musical play we did Cats, those white ladies were really amazing) that i had at CHIJ KC primary and during debates as well, tongue twisters are easy as long as you make sense out of them. The easiest are the ones whose meanings are obvious. Oh and do not take them too seriously, it takes time to get tongue twisters right, so have fun with them and have a good laugh if you can record what you end up saying the 1st time round and if you repeat over and over again, it becomes a jumble. Best to do it with a friend or in a group and if you can time for how long you can make sense of what you are saying without jumbling it up. Enjoy ya'll...


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