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8
Fun Holiday – Tongue Twister Day

Say, Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers ten times really fast on November 8, because it is Tongue Twister Day!

Jars of pickled peppers.
Jars of pickled peppers.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
©iStockphoto.com/Mark Wikkerink

A tongue twister is a phrase that is very hard for people to articulate, especially when spoken in a sequence really fast.

Finger Fumblers

Most languages, including sign language have their own versions of tongue twisters. In sign language, they are known as finger fumblers. In many cultures, children usually use them as word games.

Tongue twisters tend to rely on using similar sounding words that aliterate. That means that the first letters or sounds in the words are the same.

How to Celebrate?

  • Have a tongue twister contest with family, friends and co-workers. Whoever is able to say out a tongue twister without making mistakes wins.
  • Make up your own tongue twister.

Did You Know…

…that she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore is a popular tongue twister that comes from a poem written by British songwriter Terry Sullivan and was based on the life of Mary Anning, a British fossil collector who was known to scout the beaches for fossils?

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