Try speaking out the lines- “Shep Schwab shopped at Scott's Schnapps shop; One shot of Scott's Schnapps stopped Schwab's watch.” You are sure to get confused and make mistakes while uttering it. Well that is because you are attempting to articulate a tongue twister which is deliberately designed to produce difficulty in speaking them out. The dominant features of Tongue Twisters are the use of alliteration and rhyming words. Some tongue twisters in the form of short phrases or words produce a ludicrous effect when repeated in quick succession as in the examples, ‘Unique New York’ or ‘Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper’.
Tongue Twisters use alliteration that makes them difficult to utter. The phrases in a tongue twister are so designed that they require a lot of practice to articulate them properly. Tongue twisters are used a kind of spoken word game to improve language usage. When tongue twisters are mispronounced they result in a humorous effect. Many speakers get confused and make many mistakes while uttering tongue twisters, making it a very amusing experience.
Many tongue twisters have stood the test of time and been around since generations. A few popular Tongue Twisters have been listed below,
“Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
The butter Betty Botter bought was a bit bitter
And made her batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter makes better batter.
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
Making Betty Botter's bitter batter better.”
“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked,
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?”
"Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed
These sheep shouldn't sleep in a shack;
Sheep should sleep in a shed."
The newer tongue twisters are designed to confuse the speakers who end up speaking words that are not present in the original tongue twister and create amusement for all. Some of them include funny tongue twisters such as :
“A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot
Said the two to the tutor
"Is it tougher to toot
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?”
“I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's mate,
And I'm only plucking pheasants 'cause the pheasant plucker's late.
I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's son,
And I'm only plucking pheasants till the pheasant pluckers come.”
Many tongue twister phrases are quite difficult to utter but produce a lot of fun and merriment. Try practicing the tongue twisters listed below: