Information About Peter Piper
"Peter Piper" is famous as a mother goose nursery rhyme, although it was first published by John Harris in 1813 in a collection of tongue twisters that contained one for each letter of the alphabet. "Peter Piper" is the tongue twister for the letter P.
John Harris' book was intended to provide principles of perfect pronunciation. It i still used today by some speech therapists to improve quality and clarity in speech.
Previous to its publication, some authors identified the subject of the song as Peter Poivre, a French botanist who cultivated many kinds of peppers and spices found in India and whose surname, when translated into English, means "pepper".
As a tongue twister, it is a fun game to see who can say the rhyme ten times fast. Those that fumble a phrase have to start over!
Fun Fact: The "peck" of pickled peppers in the song is a defunct unit of measure that was once a common unit of agricultural measurement in the imperial system. A peck was approximately 2 gallons or 1/4 of a bushel.
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Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs
The first stanza in this version does not have any pickled peppers
Peter Piper picked a peck of peppers;
A peck of peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of peppers,
Where's the peck of peppers Peter Piper picked?
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?