You’ve heard of limericks: five-line rhyming poems that originated in the Irish city of (you guessed it) Limerick. And you’ve surely had your mouth mixed up by a tongue-twister or two. But have you ever heard of a Twimerick?!
A Twimerick is the best of both worlds: the goofy nonsense rhymes of a limerick, plus the funny frustration of the trickiest tongue-twisters. So in celebration of both St. Patrick’s Day (next week) and National Poetry Month (right now!), give your tongue a test with some of the toughest Twimericks from the book Twimericks: The Book of Tongue-Twisting Limericks, by Lou Brooks.
And if your tongue gets totally tied up in knots, take a break from the verbal gymnastics and help Felix Fields, the baker from Bakersfield, untangle his tongue in this Amazing Maze from Twimericks.com.
Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that rapid reading of these twimericks out loud to others may lead to your tongue being twisted into a perfect Over-and-Underhand Bavarian Pretzel Knot—probably forever.
Which Witch Was Which?
Two witchy witches in a Wichita ditch:
One witch with a twitch caused the witches to switch.
The spell they were under
Caused people to wonder,
Which Wichita witch switched was witch?
Bud, the Bedbug
A bedbug named Bud in a bed
Begged a bedbug named Buzz to be fed.
Bud bugged Buzz for a bite,
But Buzz bid Bud good night,
So Bud bit Buzz’s blanket and spread.
Rufus the Goofus
A reckless rough roofer, Ralph Rufus,
Was a ruthless fool wreck of a doofus.
When Rufus roofed on a roof,
No roof was Ralph-proof.
Roofing roofers felt Rufus a goofus.