Tongue-twisters

Birdie birdie in the sky laid a turdie in my eye. If cows could fly I’d have a cow pie in my eye.

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.

If you’re keen on stunning kites and cunning stunts, buy a cunning stunning stunt kite.

Denise sees the fleece,
Denise sees the fleas.
At least Denise could sneeze
and feed and freeze the fleas.

The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.
Something in a thirty-acre thermal thicket of thorns and thistles thumped and thundered threatening the three-D thoughts of Matthew the thug – although, theatrically, it was only the thirteen-thousand thistles and thorns through the underneath of his thigh that the thirty year old thug thought of that morning. by Meaghan Desbiens

Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

here was a fisherman named Fisher
who fished for some fish in a fissure.
Till a fish with a grin,
pulled the fisherman in.
Now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher.

To sit in solemn silence in a dull dark dock
In a pestilential prison with a life long lock
Awaiting the sensation of a short sharp shock
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block. by W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan from The Mikado

Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut-Butter, ’tis the peanut-butter picky people pick. from a TV commercial

If Stu chews shoes, should Stu choose the shoes he chews?

Luke’s duck likes lakes. Luke Luck licks lakes. Luke’s duck licks lakes. Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes. Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes. from Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks

Seventy seven benevolent elephants. (harder than it seems)

There those thousand thinkers were thinking how did the other three thieves go through.

One-one was a race horse.
Two-two was one too.
One-one won one race.
Two-two won one too.

If Pickford’s packers packed a packet of crisps would the packet of crisps that Pickford’s packers packed survive for two and a half years? from Naomi Fletcher’s real life

Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards

Gobbling gorgoyles gobbled gobbling goblins.

Did Dick Pickens prick his pinkie pickling cheap cling peaches in an inch of Pinch or framing his famed French finch photos?

A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose! by Kitty Morrow

Hassock hassock, black spotted hassock. Black spot on a black back of a black spotted hassock.

How many cookies could a good cook cook If a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.

How much ground would a groundhog hog, if a groundhog could hog ground? A groundhog would hog all the ground he could hog, if a groundhog could hog ground.

How much pot, could a pot roast roast, if a pot roast could roast pot.

How much wood could Chuck Woods’ woodchuck chuck, if Chuck Woods’ woodchuck could and would chuck wood? If Chuck Woods’ woodchuck could and would chuck wood, how much wood could and would Chuck Woods’ woodchuck chuck? Chuck Woods’ woodchuck would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as any woodchuck would, if a woodchuck could and would chuck wood.

Mary Mac’s mother’s making Mary Mac marry me.
My mother’s making me marry Mary Mac.
Will I always be so Merry when Mary’s taking care of me?
Will I always be so merry when I marry Mary Mac? from a song by Carbon Leaf

Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew.
While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew.
Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze.
Freezy trees made these trees’ cheese freeze.
That’s what made these three free fleas sneeze. from Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss

rudder valve reversals (the cause of some plane crashes)

How many cans can a cannibal nibble if a cannibal can nibble cans? As many cans as a cannibal can nibble if a cannibal can nibble cans.

Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.

Four furious friends fought for the phone.

Bobby Bippy bought a bat.
Bobby Bippy bought a ball.
With his bat Bob banged the ball
Banged it bump against the wall
But so boldly Bobby banged it
That he burst his rubber ball
“”Boo!”” cried Bobby
Bad luck ball
Bad luck Bobby, bad luck ball
Now to drown his many troubles
Bobby Bippy’s blowing bubbles. from mid-Willamette Valley theater

Tie twine to three tree twigs.

Rory the warrior and Roger the worrier were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.

Mares eat oats and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy. A Kid will eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?

Three short sword sheaths.

Green glass globes glow greenly.

I stood sadly on the silver steps of Burgess’s fish sauce shop, mimicking him hiccuping, and wildly welcoming him within.

When I was in Arkansas I saw a saw that could out-saw any other saw I ever saw, saw. If you’ve got a saw that can out-saw the saw I saw saw then I’d like to see your saw saw.

How many berries could a bare berry carry,
if a bare berry could carry berries?
Well they can’t carry berries
(which could make you very wary)
but a bare berry carried is more scary!

Six slimy snails sailed silently.

Roofs of mushrooms rarely mush too much. by Matt Duchnowski

The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.

Rhys watched Ross switch his Irish wristwatch for a Swiss wristwatch.

I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch.

On a lazy laser raiser lies a laser ray eraser.

Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks.

How much caramel can a canny canonball cram in a camel if a canny canonball can cram caramel in a camel?

Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.
Spread it thick, say it quick!
Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.
Spread it thicker, say it quicker!
Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.
Don’t eat with your mouth full!

Wow, race winners really want red wine right away!

The ruddy widow really wants ripe watermelon and red roses when winter arrives.

How many sheets could a sheet slitter slit if a sheet slitter could slit sheets?

Chester Cheetah chews a chunk of cheep cheddar cheese. from a high school singing class

Two tiny tigers take two taxis to town.

Yally Bally had a jolly golliwog. Feeling folly, Yally Bally Bought his jolly golli’ a dollie made of holly! The golli’, feeling jolly, named the holly dollie, Polly. So Yally Bally’s jolly golli’s holly dollie Polly’s also jolly! by Mistah Twistah, Tony Valuch

Out in the pasture the nature watcher watches the catcher. While the catcher watches the pitcher who pitches the balls. Whether the temperature’s up or whether the temperature’s down, the nature watcher, the catcher and the pitcher are always around. The pitcher pitches, the catcher catches and the watcher watches. So whether the temperature’s rises or whether the temperature falls the nature watcher just watches the catcher who’s watching the pitcher who’s watching the balls. by Sharon Johnson

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