It’s International Tongue Twister Day! “Peter Piper picked a
peck of pickled peppers.” “A quick witted cricket critic.” “She sells
seashells by the sea shore.” How many other tongue twisters can you
think of to celebrate this tongue-twisting holiday?
Tongue twisters have fascinated people throughout history. Did you
know that Peter Piper is a historical figure? Pierre Poivre was a
one-armed French pirate and horticulturist during the mid-1700s. Poivre
was notorious for stealing spice nuts (known as “peppers”) from Dutch
trade ships, and using them to plant his garden. On at least one
occasion he stole half a bushel of nutmegs, which inspired the tongue
twister we know and love today.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most difficult
tongue twister in the English language is: “The sixth sick sheikh's
sixth sheep's sick.” To celebrate International Tongue Twister Day, read
a rhyming book or practice some of your favorite tongue twisters with
your friends and family!
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? lol
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