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Peter Piper's Alphabet

The original Peter Piper's Alphabet first appeared as Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation, published in London in 1819. It was widely re-published, and appeared as a nursery rhyme in Mother Gooses's Quarto in Boston in 1845. 

The versions still existing today have a few differences in the people who are in the tongue-twister alphabet, but Peter Piper appears in almost the same way. Most general readers are unaware that Peter Piper had a whole alphabet of tongue-twisters, knowing only Peter's own tangler, usually as lines 1, 3, 4. To add to the fun, some even add to the end of each Peter line, "off a pewter plate."
The following is one A-to-Z version.

Peter Piper's Alphabet

Andrew Airpump asked his aunt her ailment.
Did Andrew Airpump ask his aunt her ailment?
If Andrew Airpump asked his aunt her ailment,
Where's the ailment of Andrew Airpump's aunt?

Billy Button bought a buttered biscuit.
Did Billy Button buy a buttered biscuit?
If Billy Button bought a buttered biscuit,
Where's the buttered biscuit Billly Button ought?

Captain Crackskull cracked his cousin's cockscomb.
Did Captain Crackskull crack his cousin's cockscomb?
If Captain Crackskull cracked his cousin's cockscomb,
Where's the cousin's cockscomb Captain Crackskull cracked?

Davy Doldrum dreamed he drove a draagon.
Did Davy Doldrum dream he drove a dragon?
If Davy Doldrum dreamed he drove a dragon,
Where's the dragon Davy Doldrum dreamed he drove?

Enoch Eldridge ate an empty eggshell.
Did Enogh Eldridge eat an empty eggshell?
If Enoch Eldridge are an empty eggshell,
Where's the empty eggshell Enoch Eldridge ate?

Francis Fribble flogged a Frenchman's filly.
Did Francis Fribble flog a Frenchman"s filly?
If Francis Fribble flogged a Frenchman's filly,
Where's the Frenchman's filly Francis Fribble flogged?

Gaffer Gilpin  got a goose and gander?
Did Gaffer Gilpin get a goose a gander?
If Gaffer Gilpin got a goose a gander,
Where's the goose and gander Gaffer Gilpin got?

Humphrey Hunchback had a hundred hedgehogs.
Did Humphrey Hunchback have a hundred hedgehogs?
If Humphrey Hunchback had a hundred hedgehogs,
Where's the hundred hedgehogs Humphrey Hunchback had?

Inigo Impey itched for an Indian image.
Did Inigo Impey itch for an Indian image?
If Inigo Impey itched for an Indian image,
Where's the Indian image Inigo Impey itched for?

Jumping Jacky jeered a jesting juggler.
Did Jumping Jacky jeer a jesting juggler?
If Jumping Jacky jeered a jesting juggler,
Where's the jesting juggler Jumping Jacky jeered?

Kimbo Kemble kicked his kinsman's kettle.
Did Kimbo Kemble kick his kinsman's kettle?
If Kimbo Kemble kicked his kinsman's kettle,
Where's the kinsman's kettle Kimbo Kemble kicked?

Lanky Lawrence lost his lass and lobster.
Did Lanky Lawrence lose his lass and lobster?
If Lanky Lawrence lost his lass and lobster,
Where's the lass and lobster Lanky Lawrence lost?
 

Matthew Mendlegs missed his mangled monkey.
Did Matthew Mendlegs miss his mangled monkey?
If Matthew Mendlegs missed his mangled monkey,
Where's the mangled monkey Matthew Mendlegs missed?

Neddy Noodle nipped his neighbors's nutmeg.
Did Neddy Noodle nip his neighbor's nutmeg?
If Neddy Noodle nlipped his neighbor's nutmeg,
Where's the neighbor's nutmeg Neddy Noodle nipped?

Oliver Oglethorpe ogled an owl and oyster
Did Oliver Oglethorpe ogle an owl and oyster?
If Oliver Oglethorpe ogled an owl and oyster,
Where are the owl and oyster Oliver Oglethorpe ogled?

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Questing Quicksight quizzed a queerish question.
Did Questing Quicksight quiz a queerish question?
If Questing Quicksight quizzed a queerish question,
Where's the queerish question Questing Quicksight quizzed?

Rory Rumpus rode a rawboned racer.
Did Rory Rumpus ride a rawboned racer?
If Rory Rumpus rode a rawboned racer,
Where's the rawboned racer Rory Rumpus rode?

Sammy Smellie smelled a smell of smelts.
Did Sammy Smellie smell a smell of smelts?
If Sammy Smellie smelled a smell of smelts,
Where's the smell of smelts Sammy Smellie smelled?

Tiptoe Tommy turned a Turk for twopence.
Did Tiptoe Tommy turn a Turk for twopence?
If Tiptoe Tommy turned a Turk for twopence,
Where's the Turk for twopence Tiptoe Tommy turned?

Uncle Usher urged an ugly urchin.
Did Uncle Usher urge an ugly urchin?
If Uncle Usher urged an ugly urchin,
Where's the ugly urchin Uncle Usher urged?

Vincent Veedom veered his vast vehicle.
Did Vincent Veedom veer his vast vehicle?
If Vincent Veedom veered his vast vehicle,
Where's the vast vehicle Vincent Veedom veered?

Walter Waddle won a walking wager.
Did Walter Waddle win a walking wager?
If Walter Waddle won a walking wager,
Where's the walking wager Walter Waddle won?

X Y Z ended with x y z.
Did X Y Z end with x y z?
If  X Y Z ended with x y z,
Where are the x y z X Y Z ended with?
 

from Children's Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope
and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms
                                                            (McFarland Pub.) 1983 by Gloria T. Delamar

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