Fun Things With Words

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    Tongue Twisters

    • Trying to recite or say a sometimes complicated phrase or rhyme as fast as possible without making a mistake defines the tongue twister. "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers" ranks as one of the most well-known tongue twisters. Make your own tongue twister by using alliteration, combining words that repeat similar but not identical sounds. Tongue twisters are certainly fun. but they may serve a serious purpose as well. Foreign students learning English, actors and speech therapists all use tongue twisters to improve speech.


    • Derived from a Greek word meaning running back again, palindromes are words or phrases that read identically both forward and backward. For example, a simple palindrome like "racecar" reads the same in either direction. Some word-unit palindromes like "Women understand men; few men understand women" use words that read the same in either direction. Working to create palindromes requires you to focus on the task at hand and will help strengthen attention span, concentration and cognitive ability while having a bit of fun with words.


    • Spoonerisms transpose the words or initial letters of certain words in a phrase, often with very funny results. For example, "ground beef" becomes "bound grief," or the phrase "It is now customary to kiss the bride" becomes "It is now kisstomary to cuss the bride." The name for these wording mishaps comes from William Archibald Spooner, who would occasionally experience a slip of the tongue. He once dropped his hat and asked, "Will nobody pat my hiccup?" Have fun and create your own intentional spoonerisms using everyday words.


    • Whether playing with a paper and pencil, on a blackboard, online or scrawling letters in sand at the beach, Hangman has endured as one of the most basic and fun word games. Playing hangman assists people with proper spelling and decoding of words, while increasing vocabulary. Players try to guess a particular word by placing a letter into a series of boxes or lines drawn that correspond to the number of letters in a word. Draw a simple gallows next to the blank spaces. In turn, players guess which letters might fill the spaces. Incorrect guesses add a body part to the hanging man. Play is finished when the word is spelled out or when the hanging man appears completed.

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