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~ Saturday, August 02, 2003

A dozen tongue-twisters translated from their original languages:

1 Robespierre, the initiator of the Terror, considered it a horrible mistake to sprinkle verdigris on a rare brown green lizard (Italian)
2 The Useful Lady of the West was 44 years old at the time of her death (Mandarin)
3 Susan locked the chicks' cage (Tagalog)
4 Alli banged the beaver with a folder (Finnish)
5 An adult boxer is washing trousers (Norwegian)
6 Put the sour vegetables in the pocket of the policeman (Arabic)
7 The polecat rolled down and ruptured his larynx (Xhosa)*
8 Twenty dwarfs were demonstrating handstands, ten in the closet, ten on the sandy beach (German)
9 Rain, rain, the frog doesn't have any ears (Czech)
10 My aunt offered my uncle some pickle in a silver spoon (Punjabi)
11 Watermelon jam competition (Afrikaans)
12 The emperor was combing his wife (Polish)

This (Iqaqa laziqikaqika kwaze kwaqhawaka uqhoqhoqha) is often said to be the hardest to say of all.

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