'What noise annoys a noisy oyster?' 'A noisy noise annoys a noisy oyster.'
'Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.' 'She sells sea-shells by the sea shore.'
These are tongue-twisters which everybody knows — but that doesn't make them any easier to say. You can practise all you like but you will still make mistakes!
Here are some other difficult tongue-twisters. Take them one by one and ask someone to repeat them five times, as quickly as possible:
'Red leather, yellow leather.'
'A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot.'
The sixth sheikh's sixth sheep's sick.' 'The Leith Police dismisseth us.' 'My black back brake-block's broken.' 'I'm not a thistle-sifter, I'm a thistle-sifter's son, and
I'm only sifting thistles till the thistle-sifter comes.' 'Lemon liniment.'
My own special favourite is the dialogue between a housewife and the man who is mending her saucepans. It goes like this:
'Are you copper-bottoming 'em, my man?' 'No, I'm aluminiumin' 'em, Mum.'
If you get tired of this selection there are hundreds more to be found at Schooljokes.com or you can have a competition to make up your own.
This can be done by numbers. The first player says something like: 'One wiry walrus wearing winter woollies'. The others repeat this nonsense in turn, and then the second player may say:
Two toads trod on Tina's toes'. And so on round the group. Anyone who stumbles more than once drops out, and the winner is the last player left.