Butse-kik, twister and other things

I was looking for information about cyclone GONU and about twisters yesterday. By accident I came across this site with these:

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?

Sumuso ang sanggol na si Susie sa suso ni Susan na sumuso sa suso.

I am sure everybody knows what are these. One time or another, you have tried twisting your tongue doing this. Apparently, almost everyone loves this as they pretty much exist in many countries and laguages.

You may aggree or disagree with me that they are nonesense but nonetheless they are fun and challenging at the same time.

I remember one time during my high school years when we were with the group of some pretty american students (backpackers: in tagalog nagtitipid na turista) on an island hopping and beaching(?) trip around the island of Mindoro, we had great nights doing this stuff under the full moon and the sounds of the waves.

It started one night. Everyone was about to sleep when suddenly the pretiest and the sexiest american girl mumbled something like this:

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

And then with this one:

Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
“But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter.
If I put it in my batter,
It will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter-
That would make my batter better.”
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
(better than her bitter butter)
And she put it in her bitter batter
And made her bitter batter a bit better.

Not to be outdone, one from us (local boys) followed suit with this one.

Minikaniko ni Monico ang makina ni Monica
Minimikaniko ni Monico ang makina ng Minica ni Monica

The blonde girls, curious of what our boy was saying, asked what was the translation in English. The smartest of us, quick and witty came up with this:

Monica had a job on monico
Monico jabbed the bag on top of the box after monica did a job on monico
Monica grabbed the bag from monico who jabbed the bag on top of the box after the job that monica did on monico.

Gladly, they all had a good laugh and a good sleep afterwards. Buti na lang mukha kaming mababait at di sila nag-isip ng iba. Para kasing iba ang dating hehe.

Enough of my high school stories.

Sometime ago, I can not remember exactly when, Yoyoy Villame came into the limelight. He was a big hit and being so, almost everyone, during those sessions of ours, would try to sing one of his songs. And you know what? The song Butse-kik , till this time, challenges not only my tongue but my memory as well.

To let you understand why I am having difficulty with this song, here’s the lyrics for you to try:

Pong chuwala (pong chuwalai)
Chi chi ri kong koila
Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek)
Bo bochichang (bo-bochichang)
Chi chiri kong tong nang
Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek)

Chiri wong tong choi, toro kong tong loy
Chidang bo bochichang chiri kong nong nang
Chiring cho ro yak kang kong o-ohup butse kik ek-ek-ek

Pong chuwala (pong chuwalai)
Chi chi ri kong koila
Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek)
Bo bochichang (bo-bochichang)
Chi chiri kong tong nang
Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek)

Chiri wong tong choi, toro kong tong loy
Chidang bo bochichang chiri kong nong nang
Chiring cho ro yak kang kong o-ohup butse kik ek-ek-ek

Choro ro pong pong yok
Choro ro pong pang plu
Chidang bo bochichang chidi kong kong plok
Di bai botchok, chidi di plok
Chidi dokok wok, chodo dokok ngok ngok

Pong chuwala (pong chuwalai)
Chi chi ri kong koila
Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek)
Bo bochichang (bo-bochichang)
Chi chiri kong tong nang
Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek)

Chiri wong tong choi, toro kong tong loy
Chidang bo bochichang chiri kong nong nang
Chiring cho ro yak kang kong o-ohup butse kik ek-ek-ek

Choro ro pong pong yok
Choro ro pong pang plu
Chidang bo bochichang chidi kong kong plok
Di bai botchok, chidi di plok
Chidi dokok wok, chodo dokok ngok ngok

Pong chuwala (pong chuwalai)
Chi chi ri kong koila
Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek)
Bo bochichang (bo-bochichang)
Chi chiri kong tong nang
Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek)

Chiri wong tong choi, toro kong tong loy
Chidang bo bochichang chiri kong nong nang
Chiring cho ro yak kang kong o-ohup butse kik ek-ek-ek

Yeah, yeah butse kik
Ye bah, ye bah, ye bah butse kik
Choro yoto mo toi butse kik
Ek ek ek

So, how is your tongue twisting, butse-kik memorizing exercises?

Have a nice weekend folks.

Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek)

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8 Responses to “Butse-kik, twister and other things”


  1. 1 verns June 8, 2007 at 5:46 am

    Yoyoy Villame recently died, right? Hmmm I read it somewhere. Anyway I can’t do these tongue twisters..maybe practice lang naman ang katapat🙂

    myepinoy: practice nga ang katapat.

  2. 2 Jayred June 8, 2007 at 9:47 am

    I like tongue twisters. This post just reminded me to buy a book on tongue twisters (or maybe just surf the Net and print out some samples).

    One of my Ukrainian students, though, hates doing English tongue-twisting exercises. Ewan ko why.

    ****

    My Mom knew Yoyoy V. (He lives in the same subdivision my family lives in.) They even met the day before he died. Mom was so shocked.

    Parang I’d like to buy cassette tapes of Yoyoy’s music. Unique kasi…makes me happy.

    myepinoy: Which tongue twister is your favorite?
    Nakaaliw nga ang mga songs ni Yoyoy.

  3. 3 ladybug June 9, 2007 at 11:22 am

    The sixth sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick….hahaha. I don’t even remember if this is correct.😀 Too bad yoyoy has already passed away.

  4. 4 annamanila June 9, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    I did my own tongue twister long time ago … to correct my difficulty to pronounce L and R especially if they follow each other … here it is:

    Reliable Lory returned the ruler to the library.

    Cool ha.

  5. 5 Schumey June 10, 2007 at 1:17 am

    I’ve just untied my tongue. Its still sore from the twisting your twisters twisted.

    I recall fondly how our choir performed Butse-kik at the Luneta Park.

  6. 6 SexyMom June 10, 2007 at 1:22 am

    tongue twisters are good, myepinOy, as long as they do not give you a twisted mind. do i see a cooling down, or is this just some momentary diversion from current issues (LOL). happy weekend, myepinOy.

  7. 7 Major Tom June 11, 2007 at 10:39 am

    I am so weak at this…I’be been challenged often but not even the famous and popular relo ni monico could be suited for my tongue…It is just bad I tell ya…

  8. 8 bw June 13, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Tongue twisters are quite fun🙂 And they’re in every language. Sometimes they are very obvious. Just say Mike Hunt rapidly for 5 times aloud and you’d certainly see some heads turn your way hehe🙂

    I tought Yoyo Villame was a genius with that Butse-kik song man🙂


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