International Tongue Twister Day 2022: History, Significance and Activities

Tongue twisters are very fun and exciting phrases and there is a also day to celebrate these fun phrases. International Tongue Twister Day is annually celebrated on every second Sunday of November which means it falls on 13th November this year. 

International Tongue Twister Day encourages you to give your tongue a workout and challenge your friends to the most convoluted and difficult tongue twisters of the year. 

Tongue twisters are a silly way to pass the time or practice pronunciation. Shoot, you can even use them to practice a foreign language! It’s time to celebrate all the twisty things you can say with your tongue. 

Event International Tongue Twister Day
Date November 13, 2022
Day Sunday
Significance The day celebrates and honors the challenging Tongue Twisters
Observed by World wide


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International Tongue Twister Day History: 

Tongue twisters have technically been around since as early as the 19th century when John Harris published “Peter Piper’s Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation,” which included a twisty tongue tango for every letter of the alphabet. And while the book was meant to help children learn the fundamentals of speech mechanics, its titular twister garnered quite the attention and inspired a lot of lore about its namesake. Speaking of that old dastardly pickled pepper picker, it turns out that dear old Peter Piper was actually a real person, someone from our histories who was renowned for his taste in delicious spices and became immortalized as a result. 

He was quite the character when you all things were taken in, he was French and dastardly, so that paints an image right there. He’s also one-armed, and a horticulturist, which must make planting tricky from time to time. To wrap it all up? His favorite way of getting seeds for planting his spices was at the tip of a sword and the roar of a cannonball. Yep, you got it, he was also a pirate. When he got his hands on some nutmeg he got his rhyme “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers”. 


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Did you know that the famous sea shell tongue twister dates back to 19th century England? It’s about a woman called Mary Anning. She used to collect shells and fossils on the beach to sell to wealthy families and make money for her own family. While the tongue twister is famous, maybe Mary deserves some more fame herself – she actually discovered the first flying dinosaur which is displayed in the British Museum! 

According to Britannica, tongue twisters were often passed down generations. They became a rich part of folklore. Tongue twisters were often created and used as a form of amusement and entertainment long ago, just as they are in school playgrounds today. Tongue twisters weren’t only used as amusing wordplay. They were actually used in schools as early as 1878 for speech training to improve articulation too. How neat! In fact, they were also used to treat hiccups (we can’t guarantee the results though).  


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International Tongue Twister Day Significance: 

A tongue twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly, and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game. Additionally, they can be used as exercises to improve pronunciation and fluency. Some tongue twisters produce results that are humorous (or humorously vulgar) when they are mispronounced, while others simply rely on the confusion and mistakes of the speaker for their amusement value. Some tongue twisters rely on rapid alternation between similar but distinct phonemes, combining two different alternation patterns, familiar constructs in loanwords, or other features of a spoken language in order to be difficult to articulate. 

So why is it that when a few simple words are put together, it causes so much havoc to our pronunciation? It’s all because of a cognitive and physical error – a battle between the brain and the tongue. It can affect even the best of speakers! Research has shown that multiple regions of the brain are involved in controlling speech. The brain gets mixed up with what signals it’s sending when you say syllables that sound similar. So when the brain loses coordination of the mouth, the tongue gets jumbled up. 


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Many tongue twisters use a combination of alliteration and rhyme. They have two or more sequences of sounds that require repositioning the tongue between syllables, then the same sounds are repeated in a different sequence. There are also twisters that make use of compound words and their stems. Some tongue twisters take the form of words or short phrases which become tongue twisters when repeated rapidly. Few tongue twisters are used for speech practice and vocal warmup. While some twisters are amusing because they sound incorrect even when pronounced correctly. 

Tongue twisters were originally invented to help children learn speech and pronunciation. They can also be great tools and pneumonic devices for learning foreign language concepts. Find some tongue twisters in another language and get twistin. So omg with having a entertaining undertone it was actually meant for education purpose. Forget complicated lying. On International Tongue Twister Day, you have a good excuse to get caught with your tongue in a bunch, that’s certainly the preferable reason over lying. 


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International Tongue Twister Day Activities: 

What better excuse to perfect the most twisted of them all? Spend the day mastering your favorites and then put them to the test in front of friends and family. It is the opportunity for you to practice your favorite tongue twisters. So to try this as you will have a very fun and exciting experience while doing it and it will also help in your pronunciation skill as well. 

It is the time for you to host a tongue twister competition while doing it you will get to share some of the most fun amd exciting moments with your family and friends. So put your skills to the test in a friendly tongue-twister-off. Bonus if you can give them a run for their money with more than one then it will be even better. Overall it is a type of opportunity which you shouldn’t miss at all. 

Overall celebrating International Tongue Twister Day is a piece of cake! You just have to spend the day practicing, reciting, and sharing your favorite tongue twisters with friends and family. You can also use this opportunity to create some of your own tongue twisters as well. Sure, the classic tongue twisters are great, but they’re a little tired. We could all use a reboot with some new additions. 

Most Searched FAQs on International Tongue Twister Day: 

1. When is International Tongue Twister Day celebrated? 

International Tongue Twister Day is annually celebrated on every second Sunday of November. 

2. What are some popular tongue twisters? 

“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck,” “She sells seashells,” “How can a clan cream in a clean cream can,” and “Betty bought some butter” are popular tongue twisters.

3. What is the most challenging English tongue twister? 

According to a team at MIT, “Pad kid poured curd pulled cod” is the most technically difficult tongue twister. Try saying that 10 times fast!

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