So what are some hard tongue twisters you’ve ever tried to say? This list of challenging lines is sure to vex you verbally and test your tongue, and twist your tonsils.
Just start with something simple, like a short tongue twister, and say it three times slowly. Let your lips warm up and focus your mind. Then progress to tougher and tougher twisters, speed up the pace and push the limits of your verbal dexterity. See how many your mandible can master!
The world’s hardest tongue twister
The Guinness Book of World Records designates the following tongue twister as the world’s hardest tongue twister in the English language: “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.” Try it ten times fast!
Another tough twister is “pad kid poured curd pulled cold.” In fact, researchers at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) led by psychologist Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel contend that this line is the toughest twister ever created.
The difficulty comes when the line is repeated rapidly in succession. The exercise left some tongue-tied test participants speechless.
Hard tongue twisters to say three times fast
1.) Cricket critic.
2.) Irish wristwatch.
3.) Red lorry yellow lorry.
4.) Stupid superstition.
5.) Good blood, bad blood.
6.) Rolling red wagons.
7.) Unique New York.
8.) Eddie edited it.
9.) Six sticky skeletons.
10.) Ed had edited it.
11.) Two tried and true tridents.
12.) Truly rural.
13.) Black bug’s blood.
14.) Pre-shrunk silk shirts.
15.) Flash message.
16.) Black back bat.
17.) Willie’s really weary.
18.) Red Buick, blue Buick.
19.) She sees cheese.
20.) Which witch is which?
21.) Thin sticks, thick bricks.
22.) Eleven benevolent elephants.
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23.) Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.
24.) I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch.
25.) Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards.
26.) I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet, I sit.
27.) Rory the warrior and Roger, the worrier, were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.
28.) Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
29.) If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.
30.) You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York.
31.) Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.
32.) I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.
33.) Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
34.) How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
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35.) Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
36.) Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
37.) The seething sea ceaseth, and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.
38.) Susie works in a shoeshine shop. Where she shines, she sits, and where she sits, she shines.
39.) Four furious friends fought for the phone.
40.) Three short sword sheaths.
41.) Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons — balancing them badly.
42.) Roofs of mushrooms rarely mush too much.
43.) Tie twine to three tree twigs.
44.) The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.
45.) Send toast to ten tense stout saints’ ten tall tents.
46.) Can you can a canned can into an un-canned can like a canner can can a canned can into an un-canned can?
47.) I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.
48.) Round the rugged rock, the ragged rascal ran.
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49.) He threw three free throws.
50.) I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.
51.) We surely shall see the sunshine soon.
52.) Four fine fresh fish for you.
53.) The tweetle beetle battle.
54.) Singing Sammy sung songs on sinking sand.
55.) A big bug bit a bold bald bear, and the bold bald bear bled blood badly.
56.) Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear.
57.) He threw three balls.
58.) Fresh French fried fly fritters.
59.) Santa’s short suit shrunk.
60.) Green glass globes glow greenly.
61.) If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
62.) A big black bear sat on a big black rug.
63.) Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.
64.) Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks.
Challenging tongue twisters
65.) A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
66.) The Leith Police dismisseth us.
67.) Are you copper bottoming those pans, my man? No, I’m aluminuming ’em, Ma’am.
68.) There, those thousand thinkers were thinking how did the other three thieves go through.
69.) Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.
70.) Ken Dodd’s dad’s dog’s dead.
71.) The 33 thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.
72.) Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins.
73.) She sat upon a balcony, inexplicably mimicking him hiccupping, whilst amicably welcoming him in.
74.) Can you can a canned can into an uncanned can like a canner can can a canned can into an uncanned can?
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Difficult tongue twisters
75.) A synonym for cinnamon is a cinnamon synonym.
76.) So, this is the sushi chef.
77.) A black bloke’s back brake block broke.
78.) Seth at Sainsbury’s sells thick socks.
79.) 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.
80.) 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.
81.) She saw Sheriff’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure she saw Sherif’s shoes on the sofa?
82.) Mr. Tongue Twister tried to train his tongue to twist and turn and twit a twat, to learn the letter “T.”
83.) Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons — Balancing them badly.
84.) Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.
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85.) There 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.
86.) If Theophilus Thadeus Thistledown,
The successful thistle-sifter,
Thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb,
See that thou, while sifting a sieve-full of unsifted thistles,
Thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb.
87.) Through three cheese trees, three free fleas flew.
While these fleas flew, a 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.
88.) 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!
A dull, dark dock, a life-long lock,
A short, sharp shock, a big black block!
89.) Three sweet switched Swiss witches
Watch three washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switches.
Which sweet switched Swiss witch watches
Which washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switch?
90.) Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed
These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack;
Sheep should sleep in a shed.
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91.) One-one was a racehorse.
Two-two was one too.
One-one won one race.
Two-two won one too.
92.) A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot
Said the two to the tutor
“Is it tougher to toot
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?”
93.) Bobby Bippy bought a bat.
Bobby Bippy bought a ball.
With his bat, Bob banged the ball
Banged it bumps 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.
94.) Luke Luck likes lakes.
Luke’s duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
Luck’s duck licks lakes.
Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.
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95.) Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat.
96.) Eat fresh, fried fish free at the French fish fry.
97.) Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear.
98.) If two witches were watching two watches, which witch would watch witch?
99.) Betty Botter bought some butter; “But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter!
100.) Slowly, she sheared six shabby sheep.
101.) I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.
102.) Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.
103.) She sells seashells on the seashore.
104.) How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Impossible Tongue Twisters
105.) Betty bought butter but the butter was bitter, so Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.
106.) If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
107.) Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
108.) I’m a mother pheasant plucker; I pluck mother pheasants. I’m the most pleasant mother pheasant plucker to ever pluck a mother pheasant.
109.) Betty Botter bought some butter but, said she, the butter’s bitter. If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter will make my bitter batter better. So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter, put it in her bitter batter, and made her bitter batter better. So ‘t was better Betty Botter bought some better butter.
110.) The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
111.) Any noise annoys an oyster but a noisy noise annoys an oyster more.
112.) The greener green grapes are, the keener keen apes are to gobble green grape cakes.
113.) A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.
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Training your tongue to talk without tripping
Like everything in this world, it seems, practice makes perfect. Repeat each line slowly and concentrate on enunciating each syllable before moving on to the next word. Now begin to speed up your cadence until you can repeat the twister three times without error.
Make a game of it! Challenge your friends on who can repeat the lines the fastest without messing up. You’ll be surprised at the strange word combinations your brain can get tricked into creating. Great for big laughs at any social gathering, like parties and game nights.
By Greg Johnson
Juggling jocularity is just one thing that Johnson regularly does. He’s also a top-notch designer, director, and dynamic fisherman.
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