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14 of the Toughest Tongue Twisters in the English Language

How many of these can you say without stumbling?

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Pulled cod

“Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.”

A team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that this is the most difficult tongue twister in the world. Can you say it ten times fast? The psychologists who created this tongue twister said that people who attempted to say it either stopped right in the middle of saying it because it was too difficult or could only get through it once and weren’t able to repeat it. If you couldn’t get this one, give these other hard tongue twisters a try. If you want another challenge, try to spell the most misspelled words in America.

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Brave brigadiers

“Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons—balancing them badly.”

This tongue twister is a lot longer, so it’s not much easier. You’ll really have to learn to balance your tongue on your teeth correctly to get this one.

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Mad cow


“If you must cross a coarse, cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross, coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.”

You probably don’t want to stand in the way of a coarse, cross cow. But if you try to teach him this tongue twister, he may get distracted from his anger and not hurt you. This is the best way to figure out a word on the tip of your tongue.

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Clam in a can

“How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?”

Trying to get a clam into a can may be easier than saying this tongue twister ten times fast.

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Imaginary menagerie

“Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.”

We’d be happy to imagine an imaginary menagerie, because keeping animals in captivity isn’t very nice.

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Toast for saints

“Send toast to ten tense stout saints’ ten tall tents.”

If these saints are tense and stout, you’re going to want to send a lot of toast. Once you master these hard tongue twisters, try your luck with the most difficult to pronounce towns in every single state.

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Warriors at the brewery

“Rory the warrior and Roger the worrier were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.”

After being at the brewery, Rory and Roger probably wouldn’t be able to say this tongue twister.

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Sick hicks

“Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.”

Get your “s” and “k” sounds ready—this one is really tricky.

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Wish of wishes

“I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.”

There are a lot of wishes going on here, which makes this a hard tongue twister to tackle!

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Throne thieves

“The 33 thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.”

This sentence makes a little more sense than the last one. But can you say it really fast?

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Sick sheep

“The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”

Is your tongue tired yet? If you want to give your mouth a rest from hard tongue twisters, try exercising your eyes to find the differences in these 10 pictures.

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Canned can

“Can you can a canned can into an un-canned can like a canner can can a canned can into an un-canned can?”

Wasn’t cramming a clam into a can hard enough?

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Thundering horses

“Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.”

Just be glad that you only have to say this tongue twister ten times fast and that you’re not Mr. Thurber. Looking for a break from these hard tongue twisters? Try solving 25 of the toughest riddles ever.

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Southward swans

“Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards.”

Once you get the hang of this one, you can say it a few times in a row without stumbling. Next, see if you can find the 15 hidden objects in this picture.

[Sources: usatoday.com, littlethings.com]