Peter Piper

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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.

"Peter Piper" is notorious for being on of the most difficult tongue twisters in the English language. Like tongue twisters? If you want more, click here for more of BusSongs' best tongue twisters.

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?

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johny, Philippines

6 March 2014 at 10:31am

amazing

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johny, Australia

6 March 2014 at 10:25am

amazing

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Nimah, United States

15 February 2013 at 4:27am

Im in chorus and this is one of the songs i sing its awesome we all go slow first the faster and faster by the ending!

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Mary Elisabeth Tavernia, United States

19 December 2012 at 10:20pm

I say it is OMG becky it's cool.

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Mary Elisabeth Tavernia, United States

19 December 2012 at 10:18pm

I can say Peter Piper. It is hard but I can do it. It is good.

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Nikole, Tonga

14 October 2011 at 4:13am

The most amazing thing eva can't wait to talk to moukgs(mom)

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Kirsty, United Kingdom

15 July 2011 at 10:27am

loveee thiss oneee <3

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Sheridan, United States

12 April 2011 at 1:16am

I know that song! We sing it in chior!

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Stacy, France

23 February 2011 at 1:41pm

love its hard so hard but i love it bits

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Allea, Philippines

12 February 2011 at 5:09am

peter piper is very easy

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Marian Grace, Lesotho

11 February 2011 at 1:07pm

Wha---?

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Ropo, Slovakia

27 January 2011 at 4:04am

Easy for me!

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Yuri, Russian Federation

22 November 2010 at 12:26pm

In Soviet Russia Tongue Twisters Toungue Twist Twisters

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Fransiska, Indonesia

18 November 2010 at 9:08am

I like this tongue twister

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Emily, Philippines

28 August 2010 at 1:51am

i missed my childhood with this kind of tongue twister.... my fave when i was a child - the peter piper... wow!

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Angela, Philippines

16 August 2010 at 2:32pm

i like peter piper

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Alexis, Dover, United States

26 July 2010 at 1:38pm

I just did this and I am 10!

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Britney, Ontario,canada

3 July 2010 at 6:29pm

omg i have to say it like talking to get thhis 1 right it just comes out as a blah blah and i have a tonge twister it is say toy boat 10 times fast or more it comes out toy beuyt!

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Emma, Aukland

8 May 2010 at 9:02am

thats a great one! try saying wrist watch really fast heaps of times ..its really hard!:)

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Zebedea Kyla, Cebu Philippines

27 April 2010 at 7:55am

Wow

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