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Here’s a challenge: try to say ‘rubber baby buggy bumpers’ or ‘she sells seashells by the seashore’ really fast. Can you do it? Sentences that trip up your mouth like these ones are called tongue twisters. But tongue twisters are not actually twisting your tongue — they’re twisting your brain!
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They’re hard to say because the part of your brain that helps you with speaking has set places for different sounds. So, sometimes when you say sounds that are similar (like sss and shh), or sounds that use the same part of your mouth (like sounds that you use the front of your tongue for tee or dee) too quickly, your brain will get confused and cause you to stumble over the words.
Now that you know how they work, see how many of these tricky tongue twisters you can say quickly!
This one’s the most difficult, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.