The second Sunday of November is a day designed to get tongues wagging. No, it’s not International French Kissing Day (that’s July 6). It is, however, International Tongue Twister Day. Who marked this day in the calendar and why they did isn’t known. However, if you’re interested in flicking, flapping, flailing and flexing your tongue, this is the day for you.
A tongue twister is a string of words or sounds that are tough to say quickly. The best tongue twisters are alliterative i.e. the first letter of each word is the same. It can be any letter, but the more complex the sound profile (i.e. how your mouth moves in order to make the sound), the tougher the tongue twister will be.
Everyone that’s part of the Buzz Bingo community will know we love a challenge. So, with International Tongue Twister Day right around the corner, we’re here to test your mettle. See how fast you can rattle off these cheeky tongue twisters:
“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Where’s the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked?”
“I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit and on the slitted sheet I sit.”
“Luke Luck likes lakes. Luke’s duck likes lakes. Luke Luck licks lakes. Luke’s duck licks lakes.”
“One smart fellow; he felt smart. Two smart fellows; they felt smart. Three smart fellows; they all felt smart.”
“Rubber baby buggy bumpers.”
“Buzz Bingo beats baking bread. Buzz Bingo beats breaking beds. Buzz Bingo beats beating bands.”
If you’ve got your own tongue twisters, let us know. If not, see if you can master our verbal challenges while listening out for the winning combo.