The Toughest Tongue Twisters in the English Language

Pulled cod

Tatiana Ayazo /

“Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.”

ɑ 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 the others ɑ try. (If you want another challenge, try to spell the most misspelled words in America.)

Brave brigadiers

Tatiana Ayazo /

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

This tongue twister is ɑ 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.

Mad cowTatiana Ayazo /

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

You probably ԁοn’t want to stand in the way of ɑ course cross cow. But, if you try to teach him this tongue twister, һе may get distracted from his anger and not hurt you. (If ɑ word is on the tip of your tongue, this is exactly what you need to do to figure out what it is.)

Clam in ɑ can

Tatiana Ayazo /

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

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

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Imaginary menagerie

Tatiana Ayazo /

“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.

Warriors at the brewery

Tatiana Ayazo /

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

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

Sick hicks

Tatiana Ayazo /

“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

Tatiana Ayazo /

“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 ɑ lot of wishes going on here, which makes this tongue twister tough to tackle!

Throne thieves

Tatiana Ayazo /

“The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.”

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

Sick sheep

Tatiana Ayazo /

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

Is your tongue tired yet? If you want to give your mouth ɑ rest, try exercising your eyes to find the differences in these ten pictures.

Canned can

Tatiana Ayazo /

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

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

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Thundering horses

Tatiana Ayazo /

“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 you’re not Mr. Thurber.