Tongue Twisters

Truly terrible, tangled, twisty tongue twisters that tease, torment, titillate and torture


The big black bug's blood ran blue.

She slits the sheets she sits on.

Thin sticks, thick bricks.

A twister of twists once twisted a twist.
And the twist that he twisted was a three twisted twist.
Now, in twisting this twist, if a twist should untwist,
Would the twist that untwisted untwist the twists?

If you stick a stock of liquor in your locker
It is slick to stick a lock upon your stock
Or some joker who is slicker is going to trick you of your liquor
If you fail to lock your liquor with a lock.
A loyal warrior will rarely worry why we rule.

Plain bun, plum bun, bun without plum.

Freshly fried fresh flesh.


Ruby Rugby's brother bought and brought her back some rubber baby-buggy bumpers.

Can you imagine an imaginary manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?

She stood on the balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccupping, and amicably welcoming him home.


A nurse anesthetist unearthed a nest.

Six sick sea-serpents swam the seven seas.

The soldier's shoulder surely hurts!

Richard's wretched ratchet wrench.

The Leith police dismisseth us,
They thought we sought to stay;
The Leith police dismisseth us,
They thought we'd stay all day.
The Leith police dismisseth us,
We both sighed sighs apiece;
And the sighs that we sighed as we said goodbye
Were the size of the Leith police.

A curious cream-coloured cat crept into the crypt and crept out again.
Did the curious cream-coloured cat creep into the crypt and creep out again?
If the curious cream-coloured cat crept into the crypt and crept out again,
Where's the curious cream-coloured cat that crept into the crypt and crept out again?

If you cross a cross across a cross,
Or cross a stick across a stick,
Or cross a stick across a cross,
Or cross a cross across a stick,
Or stick a stick across a stick,
Or stick a cross across a cross,
Or stick a cross across a stick,
Or stick a stick across a cross,
What a waste of time!
Can Claire cue Carl's curtain call?

Ere her ear hears her err, her ears err here.

Few free fruit flies fly from flames.

The glum groom grew glummer.


Naughty Nick nicks Nancy Nixon's knickers.

Paul, please pause for proper applause.

Pass the pink peas please.

Twixt six thick thumbs stick six thick sticks.

Wally Winkle wriggles his white, wrinkled wig.

Mr See and Mr Soar were old friends.
See owned a saw and 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 saw Soar's seesaw, then
See's saw would not have sawed Soar's seesaw.
But See saw Soar's seesaw before
Soar saw See's saw so See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw.
It was a shame to let See see Soar so sore because
See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw.

I bought a bit of baking powder and baked a batch of biscuits. I brought a big basket of biscuits back to the bakery and baked a basket of big biscuits. Then I took the big basket of biscuits and the basket of big biscuits and mixed the big biscuits with the basket of biscuits that was next to the big basket and put a bunch of biscuits from the basket into a biscuit mixer and brought the basket of biscuits and the box of mixed biscuits and the biscuit mixer to the bakery and opened a can of sardines.

Our Joe wants to know if your Joe will lend
our Joe your Joe's banjo. If your Joe won't
lend our Joe your Joe's banjo our Joe won't
lend your Joe our Joe's banjo when our Joe
has a banjo!
Shelly Sherman shivered in a sheer, short, shirt.

Patsy Planter plucked plump, purple, plastic plums.


Cheap sheep soup

If I assist a sister-assistant, will the sister's sister-assistant assist me?

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

Mrs Puggy Wuggy has a square cut punt.
Not a punt cut square,
Just a square cut punt.
It's round in the stern and blunt in the front.
Mrs Puggy Wuggy's square cut punt.
Mrs Hunt had a country cut front in the front of her country cut pettycoat.

Six stick shifts stuck shut.


Thirty thrifty whistling washers witchingly whistling, wishing washing was washed.

A lusty laboratory lady loved a lawyer and longed to lure him to her laboratory.

A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place where a plaice is pleased to be placed.

Miss Smith dismisseth us.

She sees seas slapping shores.

Old oily Ollie oils old oily autos.

Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.

A bloke's back bike brake block broke.


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 she-toed 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.
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 Shot - but Nott.
So Ned Nott was shot and that's hot! Is it not?

She said she should sit.

The best breath tests breath better.

Clean clams crammed in clean cans.

Big, bulging Bulgarian belle.

Ike ships ice chips in ice chip ships.


Theophilus Thadeus Thistledown, the successful thistle-sifter, while sifting a sieve-full of unsifted thistles, thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb. Now, 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.

Just think, that sphinx has a sphincter that stinks!

Double bubble gum bubbles double.


I am a mother pheasant plucker,
I pluck mother pheasants.
I am the best mother pheasant plucker,
That ever plucked a mother pheasant!

Mrs Sylvia Snake, tired of small Sally Snake's hissin' in the pit all day,
Told Sally Snake to go to Miss Pott's pit and hiss a while.
Miss Pott told Sally Snake to, "go back to her own pit and hiss."
"But Mum sent me over here to hiss in your pit," replied Sally Snake.
Sally Snake went back to her own pit to hiss.
"I told you to go to Miss Pott's pit and hiss," shouted Mum.
"Miss Pott told me to come hiss in my own pit," replied Sally Snake.
"Well!" scowled Sylvia Snake.
"I remember when Miss Pott didn't even have a pit to hiss in!"

Selfish sharks sell shut shellfish.

Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.

Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.

Soldier's shoulders shudder when shrill shell shriek.

Some shun summer sunshine.

Six sick slick slim sycamore saplings.

A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood.

I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.

Gertie's great-grandma grew aghast at Gertie's grammar.

When a twister a-twisting will twist him a twist,
For the twisting of his twist, he three twines doth intwist;
But if one of the twines of the twist do untwist,
The twine that untwisteth untwisteth the twist.

Untwirling the twine that untwisteth between,
He twirls, with his twister, the two in a twine;
Then twice having twisted the twines of the twine,
He twitcheth the twice he had twined in twain.
The twain that in twining before in the twine,
As twines were intwisted he now doth untwine;
Twist the twain intertwisting a twine more between,
He, twirling his twister, makes a twist of the twine.


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?


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.

Flee from fog to fight flu fast!

Which witch wished which wicked wish?

Shelter for six sick scenic sightseers.

I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw Esau.

Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.

Cows graze in groves on grass which grows in grooves in groves.

If a Hottentot taught a Hottentot tot
To talk ere the tot could totter,
Ought the Hottentot tot
Be taught to say aught, or naught,
Or what ought to be taught her?
If to hoot and to toot a Hottentot tot
Be taught by her Hottentot tutor,
Ought the tutor get hot
If the Hottentot tot
Hoot and toot at her Hottentot tutor?


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


A bitter biting bittern
Bit a better brother bittern,
And the bitter better bittern
Bit the bitter biter back.
And the bitter bittern, bitten,
By the better bitten bittern,
Said: "I'm a bitter biter bit, alack!"

Lovely lemon liniment.

We surely shall see the sun shine soon.

What a shame such a shapely sash should such shabby stitches show.

Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a proper coffee cup.

Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.

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.

"Surely Sylvia swims!" shrieked Sammy, surprised. "Someone should show Sylvia some strokes so she shall not sink."

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.

Brad's big black bath brush broke.

Crisp crusts crackle crunchily.

The blue bluebird blinks.


Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses and bludgeons, balancing them badly.


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