International Tongue Twister Day 2016

International Tongue Twister Day 2016 celebrates on 9th November.

Tongue twisters are a fascination for people of all ages and to celebrate this fascination, the International Tongue Twister Day is celebrated on November 9th all over the world.


There is no record of the official origin of this day. It is the day to learn some facts, test your tongue with some twisters and celebrate the fun.

Tongue Twisters

It is an interesting fact that most popular tongue twisters have a story behind them.

Peter Piper

We must, at some point, have head the popular twister – ‘Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled peppers, How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?’ This twister is based on the French horticulturist and pirate, Pierre Poivre, who was known to raid and steal spice stores. Pierre Poivre was referred to as ‘Peter Piper’ and the spices he stole ‘peppers’.

She Sells Sea-shells

Another popular twister is the ‘She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore; The shells she sells are sea-shells, I'm sure; For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore; Then I'm sure she sells sea-shore shells.’ This one is based on a girl named Mary Anning, who along with her father, dug out seashells as well as dinosaur fossils in the 1800s. They dug these up on the beach and sold them. Even after she grew up, Mary Anning continued digging and is said to have unearthed complete skeletons of dinosaurs.

These and many such stories would be fun to share and enjoy when you host an International Tongue Twister Day party for your friends and family. Among the many tongue twisters, ‘The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick,’ is recorded as the most difficult one by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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