Twixt or Twist?
He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.
Stephen King, It
It’s that time of the year to get your tongue into an an elegant dance, or a fumbling through an ungainly jumble of the linguistic waltz. Today is International Tongue Twister Day and it is a fun day which shall leave you tongue tied for sure. While some will practice for themselves, some would compete with their friends and family and a few others will try and make up more tongue twisters to leave us all stumped.
While there are ways in which one can indulge in having a fantastic day today – the tongue does get a bit numb after all the trials and dos. So how did it all start? Some people believe that Peter Piper was a real person and he was probably French and a horticulturist therefore the reference of peppers and spices was made. Some also have this story going that he was one-armed and thus to plant the seeds of the spices he used the tip of his sword and canon ball.
Whatever the truth maybe, we have got ourselves twisted for all the right reasons. There are a host of benefits of tongue twisters. Surprised? Well…. while the tongue twisters maybe funny they also help us in pronunciation and speech. They are kind of diction or alliteration exercises that help in clear speech.
Scientifically speaking, the brain coordinates the articulation of words on the basis of the muscles it has to move therefore sounds that evoke same or similar muscles confuses the brain.
What is the hardest tongue twister in the world?
“Sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep sick” — Guinness World Records suggests this is the world’s toughest tongue twister.
“The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us” — this is another difficult phrase the MIT researchers used in their study.
Try these two and have a twister of a day!