Tongue Twisters

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    Tongue Twisters Are Treatment for Seasonal A.D.D.
    by Erin Hollinden
    April 20, 2006

    I may never outgrow spring fever. In April, I can't concentrate on anything serious for long. Some people have S.A.D - seasonal affective disorder. I think I have S.A.D.D. - seasonal attention deficit disorder.

    To lighten both my mood and yours, I'm sending a sampling of tongue twisters to enthrall you. Here are some chosen from my childhood, some seen on several Web sites, and others from William R. Espy's "Almanac of Words at Play."

    Say these several times swiftly. Fastest first:

    • Toy boat.

    • Norse myths.

    • Six sick sheep.

    • Irish wristwatch.

    • Three free throws.

    • Unique New York.

    • Synonym cinnamon.

    • Lovely lemon liniment.

    • A pack of pesky pixies.

    • Ape cakes, grape cakes.

    • Red leather, yellow leather

    • Girl gargoyle, guy gargoyle.

    • Gus goes by Blue Goose bus.

    • Clean clams crammed in clean cans.

    • Nine nimble noblemen nibbled nuts.

    • The fickle finger of fate flips fat frogs flat.

    • Sherman shops at cheap chop suey shops.

    • Top chopstick shops stock top chopsticks.

    • Miss Smith lisps as she talks and lists as she walks.

    • Kiss her quick, kiss her quicker, kiss her quickest!

    • Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.

    • Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.

    • How much dew would a dewdrop drop, if a dewdrop did drop dew?

    • If I fell on a felon feloniously, who's the felon - the felon I fell on, or me?

    • The curious cream-colored cat crept into the crypt, crapped, and crept out again.

    • The skunk sat on the stump; the skunk thunk the stump skunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

    • I saw Esau kissing Kate.
    Fact is, we all three saw.
    I saw Esau, he saw me,
    And she saw I saw Esau.

    • I cannot bear to see a bear
    Bear down upon a hare.
    When bare of hair he strips the hare,
    Right there I cry, "Forbear!"

    • If you stick a stock of liquor in your locker,
    It is slick to stick a lock upon your stock,
    Or some joker who is slicker's going to trick you of your liquor,
    If you fail to lock your liquor with a lock.

    And lastly the longest, especially in honor of our senseless switch to Eastern Daylight Savings Time:

    • You've no need to light a night-light
    On a light night like tonight,
    For a night-light's light's a slight light,
    And tonight's a night that's light.
    When a night's light, like tonight's light,
    It is really not quite right
    To light night-lights with their slight lights
    On a light night like tonight.

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