Some quasi-autumnal eloquence from our philological friend Dr. Seuss: “Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew. While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew. Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze. Freezy trees made these trees’ cheese freeze. That’s what made these three free fleas sneeze.”
Looking for something to do this weekend? Hie thee to Wisconsin for the International Tongue Twister Contest!
If you can say several tongue twisters in 10 seconds, you’ll be in the running to win a peck of pickled peppers, or perhaps even some seashells to sell by the seashore.
My favorite tongue twisters are of Seussian origin. Fox in Socks remains, to this day, one of my favorite books. Who can resist a retelling of the poignant vignette about Luke Luck and his licking duck?
“Luke Luck likes lakes.
Luke’s duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
Luck’s duck licks lakes.
Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.”
Do you have a favorite tongue twister? And, more importantly, can you actually say it without twisting your tongue?