I grew up in the middle of nowhere. Most things we needed required a minimum of an hour’s drive to get. More than likely though we had a longer drive than that, as the nearest town was The Armpit of Mendocino County.**
This left for a lot of time to entertain one’s self. Not many radio stations came in and this was before the advent of any sort of portable entertainment device aside from a walkman. So of course, we came up with things to do.
One of my fondest memories is saying tongue twisters, and/or adding to them with my dad. I can’t recall what made me think of them, but I figured I’d share a few favorites with you all.
Try to say these – if you dare!
(Note: these are variations on the originals, partially altered by my dad and I, and also I’m sure altered a bit by my child’s memory as I’d learned them)
Betty Botter bought some bitter butter, but she said: if I put this bitter butter in my batter, it will make my batter bitter! Betty Botter put the bitter butter in her batter and made her batter bitter. Betty Botter bought some better butter and put the better butter in her bitter batter and made her bitter batter better!
Peter Piper Pepper Picker
Peter Piper Pepper Picker picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper Pepper Picker did pick. If Peter Piper Pepper Picker picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many peppers were in the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper Pepper Picker Picked?
When I went down to Arkansas I saw a saw that could saw faster than any other saw I ever saw saw. If you go down to Arkansas and see a saw sawing faster than the saw I saw saw. I want to see the saw you saw saw!
The skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
Say 10x Fast: Soldier’s Shoulders
Say 10x Fast: Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers
Say 10x Fast: Seven slippery slimy snakes slithering slowly southward
Do you have any fun tongue twisters? Share them in the comments!
** We called Willits, CA. “The Armpit of Mendocino”. It was/is a small town of about 5k people. Unfortunately this town is very trashy and there is a lot of drug use. We called it “The Armpit of Mendocino County”, because across the main street through town is an arch that says “The Heart of Mendocino County”. (Of which it’s certainly not, lol)