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DENISE SEES THE FLEECE ON THE KNEES DENISE SEES THE FLEAS ON THE KNEES AT LEAST DENISE COULD SEIZE THE FLEECE AND FREEZE THE FLEAS, BUT NOT THE FLEECE. What’s so funny about this? This tongue twister doesn’t make much sense, but then again, it’s doesn’t really have to. The object is to make it difficult for you to say rather than to understand. In line 1, a young lady named Denise sees some fleece, which is another name for raw wool from a sheep. She sees the fleece on someone’s knees, probably because they are cold. Be careful here because if you don’t say the TH sound correctly in the word THE, and if you don’t distinguish between the S and Z sound, then “the knees” and Denise could sound exactly alike. Line 2 is almost the same except instead of fleece, she sees fleas, which are little insects that like to bite dogs, cats and people. Be careful here too because of the S and Z sound distinction. Fleece and fleas are not the same word. Line 3 begins with the phrase, at least, meaning “at the minimum” and also containing the Long E sound as well as an S sound. This time we learn that it’s possible that Denise might seize the fleece. Here’s another word altogether which is a homonym of sees, s-e-e-s. That word is “seize” spelled s-e-i-z-e. It means to grab or take hold of with force. Finally in Line 4, we learn that Denise really wants to get rid of the fleas in the fleece by freezing the fleas, that is, sticking them in the freezer so they will become icy and hard. The trick here is the distinction between the R and L sounds which is difficult for Asian speakers. It’s a relief to see that at least she’s not going to stick the fleece in there too. As to why Denise is doing all this, I have no idea. She might just be a good teacher who is demonstrating words with tricky sounds, but more likely she is some nut who is hung up on wearing clean wool on her legs and has a sadistic streak about fleas. Will she take them out of the freezer and thaw them out? Will they be alive when they melt? Are you itching to find out? And THAT’s what’s so funny!
HAR DEE HAR HAR
HANNAH WAS A SOFTY. SHE WAS HARDLY HARD HEARTED. What’s so funny about this? I admit this is not much of a tongue twister. There is al...
WOUND AND WOUND SHE GOES
WOUND AND WOUND SHE GOES Speech Defect: THE BANDAGE WAS WOUND AWOUND A WOUND WOUND What’s so funny about this? We’re going to spend...
Who You Callin’ Dumbo?
These elephants are anything but dumbo. Click here to watch an amazing video: http://youtu.be/Cd-LtWtNvDw
Whether the weather
This is a tongue twister from SURPRISE! 5 (Oxford Editons)
Go Pluck Yourself
This tongue twister came from mansiontwit on audioboo.fm
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
SPITTING INTO THE WIND
THERE WAS A SPATE OF SPATS INCLUDING SPITTING FOR SPITE What’s so funny about this? What’s funny about this is not so much the meanin...