Tongue Twisters

You may be wondering why I picked this subject for this week’s blog. The reason would be my granddaughter Sarah. At 6 ½ She’s the youngest of our three. I pick her up on Monday’s and take her home to get ready for dance. (She’s on the team. 😊 ) We have a bit of time before we leave so we will shoot a few hoops or read a book.  She has this awesome book MUDDLE AND MATCH  and  it got us talking about tongue twisters.

I told her about this one:

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.


You try it at normal speed. Bet you can’t do it the first couple of times.

I learned this one in early speech classes.

Round the rugged rock, the ragged rascal ran.   IMG_5801

You may recognize these from “Singing in the Rain.”

Sinful Caesar sipped his snifter, seized his knees and sneezed.


          Chester chooses chestnuts, and cheddar cheese with chewy          chives.

          He chews them and he chooses them.
He chooses them and he chews them. . .

          . . .those chestnuts, cheddar cheese
          and chives in cheery, charming chunks. 

My favorite and I bet you can’t keep from tapping your toes. 😊

          Moses supposes his toeses
          are roses. . .but Moses supposes erroneously.

          Moses, he knowses his toeses aren’t roses…as Moses supposes his  toeses to be.


Early speech teachers were called elocutionists and they frequently used tongue twisters to improve the clarity of their speech.

Today, most of us (unless we’re on TV regularly and even some of them too) have sloppy speech.

We drop final “g’s” in a “ing” construction.

We drop final “t’s” all the time.

We slur over whole words: “Don wanna” for “Don’t want to.”

And a host of other examples. Practicing tongue twisters can help fight Alzheimer’s and dementia, too. Well, any thing that exercises your brain helps. So let’s jump right in.

Did you hear tongue twisters while you were growing up? Do you have any you’d like to share? Love to hear from you. Blog  @Marsharwest

3 responses to “Tongue Twisters

  1. Speaking sloppily does bother me. I learned to speak without contractions and it showed when I began writing and someone said people use contractions. No, I did not. LOL

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    • Hey, Vicki. I so get it. I had to learn to write with contractions, too. And shorter sentences. I wrote 3-4 line sentences and used 75 cent words. Ah well. To this day, my lawyer husband will call me on contractions. Thanks for stopping by and for the RT. 🙂


  2. Love this post. Definitely saving it for my 9-year-old granddaughter. My dad always said this tongue twister.”I saw a saw in Arkansas, the best darn saw I ever saw saw. And it goes on from there.” Thanks for the entertainment. You should record yourself saying all of these!!
    JQ Rose


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