Friday, June 12, 2009

Pestilential Prison w/ a Life Long Lock

Do you know this…twister…I suppose is what you call it?

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!

In high school, Mrs. Young made us learn this. I cannot remember which class, as I’m certain I took every class she ever offered. Strangely, this twister comes to mind often, except I remember it being a *cold*, dark dock. She didn’t make us learn it as a twister. We learned it in order to better annunciate. It works and I can correctly annunciate every single letter in that twister.

Are you proud of me now? :)

3 comments:

Kim Peri said...

YES! It was SPEECH. We would have SPEED competitions. LOVE IT! I rememeber it being "COLD", too. And, I often recite this in my head. LOL!

Anonymous said...

My high school choir teacher had us practice this poem to better our annunciation as well. Another one we did was the Gilbert and Sullivan song that goes "I am the very model of a modern major general." If you don't know it, I recommend looking it up, as it's a fun one. I often think of these and recite then to warm up my mouth for speaking or just for fun to show off. ;)

Anonymous said...

My drama teachers had me learn this and recite it. The first time was because we were doing a play about tongue twisters so we had to warm up. Later on we did it because of all the pronunciation. I don't remember it being a cold dark dock though.