View Full Version : What do you consider the most difficult tongue twister?

Mycroft Holmes
04-29-2002, 11:59 AM
Well, in English, I would say it is:

"The sheik's sixth sheep's sick."

(Try saying that even once quickly to see just how hard it is.)

In German I would say it's:

"Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut und Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid."

Any suggestions in other languages? I speak fluent Portuguese, but my Brazilian wife hasn't tought me any tongue twisters yet. (Why does that sound vaguely sexual?)

04-29-2002, 12:14 PM
Black bug's blood

04-29-2002, 12:18 PM
When I was in college (back in the stone age) in speech class we had to read a poem.

I don't recall the whole thing but the first line (of about 60) was,

Give me the gift of a grip top sock

04-29-2002, 12:57 PM
Toy Boat. x10

04-29-2002, 02:15 PM
Toy Boat. x10
Yeah, I was going to say that one. I can't say it more than three times without screwing up, unless I say it it very slowly.

But just the other day, for some reason I thought of it and gave it to my son: "I have a challenge for you. I bet you can't say 'toy boat' five times fast."

Him: "toyboattoyboattoyboattoyboattoyboattoyboattoyboat..."

He had no trouble with it at all.:confused:

04-29-2002, 03:10 PM

"Give me the gift of a grip-top sock,
A clip drape shipshape tip top sock.
Not your spinslick slapstick slipshod stock,
But a plastic, elastic grip-top sock.
None of your fantastic slack swap slop
From a slap dash flash cash haberdash shop.
Not a knick knack knitlock knockneed knickerbocker sock
With a mock-shot blob-mottled trick-ticker top clock.
Not a supersheet seersucker ruck sack sock,
Not a spot-speckled frog-freckled cheap sheik's sock
Off a hodge-podge moss-blotched scotch-botched block.
Nothing slipshod dirp drop flip flop or glip glop
Tip me to a tip top grip top sock."

From http://geocities.com/Broadway/Stage/2203/warmups.html

Mine? "Quixote Quixite quizzed a queerish quizbox". Just takes forEVER.

04-29-2002, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by Mycroft Holmes
Well, in English, I would say it is:

"The sheik's sixth sheep's sick."

Actually, the twister is:

The Sixth Sick Sheik's Sixth Sheep's Sick

Think you had trouble with yours? Try that one - it's the one I would use to warm up for my radio shows when I was a DJ.


04-29-2002, 05:45 PM
Just from reading these few replies my mouth is all bloogly.

Of course, that's a word.

"Toy boat" comes out "toy boit" after the first couple.

And that sixth sheik stuff..I can hardly say it once.

04-29-2002, 05:53 PM
Biggest tongue twister of all.......... "I do"

04-29-2002, 08:02 PM
"Unique New York"

Gets me every time... sometimes I can't even get through the 1st one without saying 'Unique You Nork."

Payne N. Diaz
04-30-2002, 02:11 AM
My daughter had one about "soldier's shoulders"--I wish I could remember it, but it's probably just as well I can't...

My wife said I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she said.

04-30-2002, 02:25 AM
I like "Mrs. Smith's fish sauce shop".

Dirty Earthworm
04-30-2002, 02:37 AM
Originally posted by Xixox
"Unique New York"

Gets me every time... sometimes I can't even get through the 1st one without saying 'Unique You Nork." When I took theater class in high school, the teacher would have us warm up each day with tongue-twisters. "Unique New York" was one of them, as was "red leather yellow leather." Now that is a pain in the ass to say.


04-30-2002, 03:02 AM
I can't even say "Rubber baby buggy bumpers" slow, let alone fast.

It always comes out something like "rubber baggy bubby gumpers". :D

04-30-2002, 03:16 AM
the most pleasant mother pheasant plucker that ever plucked a mother pheasant

04-30-2002, 03:18 AM
My mum's favourites were:

"good blood, bad blood"
"red lorry, yellow lorry"
"chew chew chew 'till your jaws drop off"
"she sells sea shells by the sea shore"

And the one that earned me a clip over the ears when I came home with it at about the age of 10:

"I am not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's mate, and I'm only plucking pheasants 'cos the pheasant plucker's late"

Fern Forest
04-30-2002, 03:53 AM
I can't blab such blibber blubber!
My tongue isn't made of rubber!

Seriously my tongue is sloooooooww I can't even say that sixth sheik one slowly. I have to stop after every word. And that's why I'm not a rapper.

04-30-2002, 05:46 AM
Red leather yellow leather red leather yellow leather red leather yellow leather.

Gozu Tashoya
04-30-2002, 06:28 AM
Not particularly hard, but still....

How many simple shots could Shaq sink if Shaq could sink simple shots?

04-30-2002, 07:52 AM
I've read Fox in Socks too, Osiris. :)
NOW is your tongue numb? :D
Games Magazine once ran a tongue-twister contest, inviting readers to compete for the grand prize: their tongue-twister engraved on a silver tray.
The entries included:
Cinnamon Synonym
Ripe white wheat reapers reap white wheat right!
Brock Blake's black bike's back brake bracket block broke!
But the grand prize winner was:
Shep Schwab shopped at Scott's Schnapps Shop;
One shot of Scott's Schnapps stopped Schwab's watch.
A reader later wrote in with another tongue-twister by Dr. Seuss (from Oh Say, Can You Say?:
If you like to eat potato chips
And chew pork chops on clipper ships
I suggest that you chew
A few chips and a chop
At Skipper Zipp's Clipper Ship
Chip Chop shop.
As for tongue twisters in other languages, the first Book of Lists included one from the African language Xhosa:
Iqaqa laziqikaqika kwaze kwaqhawaka uqhoqhoqha
meaning, "The skunk rolled down and ruptured its larynx."

04-30-2002, 03:19 PM
I slit a sheet,
A sheet I slit,
And on the slitted sheet I sit

04-30-2002, 03:44 PM
One mah mom tawt me whin I wuz a younker:

The big black bug bit the big black bear.

Max Torque
04-30-2002, 03:52 PM
Right ring, white wing, right wing, white ring.

04-30-2002, 04:19 PM
Try this one:
She stood at the balcony door, inexplicably mimicing him hiccuping, but amicably welcoming him in

It is the middle phrase that is the killer!!


04-30-2002, 05:32 PM
Originally posted by Zebra
When I was in college (back in the stone age) in speech class we had to read a poem.

I don't recall the whole thing but the first line (of about 60) was,

Give me the gift of a grip top sock

The version from my high school drama class:

Give me the gift of a grip top sock
A clip draped, ship-shape, tip-top sock
Not your spin slick, slap stick, slip-shod stock,
But a plastic elastic grip top sock.

I actually think this one is pretty easy as tongue twisters go, although obviously this version doesn't have 60 lines.

The hardest one I know is:

Unique New York
You need New York
You know you need unique New York

04-30-2002, 06:03 PM
It's funny how some of these pose no problem for me, and yet some just absolutely slay me.

04-30-2002, 06:20 PM
rare white rhino

04-30-2002, 07:21 PM
A skunk sat on a stump. The stump thunk the skunk stunk. The skunk thunk the stump stuck.

04-30-2002, 08:21 PM
I remember this one from an episode of Animaniacs many years ago.

Picky pickle picker.

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