A Tongue Twister – Betty Botter

I like tongue twisters. Do you? “Betty Botter” is one of my favourites. It was written by Caroline Wells and first published a long time ago, in 1899. The text below is as she wrote it, but there are other versions. The one I like, is slightly different.  Can you spot the differences?


But the point of a tongue twister, is to see how fast you can go, without tripping over your tongue. How quickly can you say this?

Betty Botter Betty Botta bought some butter; “But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter! If I put it in my batter It will make my batter bitter.

But a bit of better butter Will but make my batter better.” Then she bought a bit of butter Better than the bitter butter, Made her bitter batter better. So ´twas better Betty Botta bought a bit of better butter.

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