Tongue Twisters

Updated August 24, 2020 | Holly Hartman

Twenty Tongue-Tying Twisters

Tongue twisters became popular in the 1800s as a way of practicing diction, and were first called "tongue twisters" at the turn of the century. They're still a fun way to test your speaking skills, so we've gathered some of our favorites.  


Oh no! An onion's annoyed!


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If a noisy noise annoys an onion, an annoying noisy noise annoys an onion more!

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Please peel this peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.

Surely Shirley shall sell Sheila's seashells by the seashore.

Which witch wishes to switch a witch wristwatch for a Swiss wristwatch?

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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

Betty Botter bought a batch of butter that made her batter bitter, so she bought some better butter to make her bitter batter better!

Not many an anemone is enamored of an enemy anemone.

Five fine Florida florists fried fresh flat flounder fish fillet.

A three-toed tree toad loved a two-toed he-toad that lived in a too-tall tree.

Red rubber baby buggy bumpers bounce.

The sick sixth Sheik's sixth sheep's sick.

The instinct of an extinct insect stinks.

Growing gray goats graze great green grassy groves.

Imagine managing the manger at an imaginary menagerie.

Mix a box of mixed biscuits with a boxed biscuit mixer.

A cuckoo cookie cook called Cooper could cook cuckoo cookies.

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