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Three grey geese in the green grass grazing.
Grey were the geese and green was the grass.

Red lorry, yellow lorry.
Red lorry, yellow lorry.
Red lorry, yellow lorry.
Red lorry, yellow lorry.

A big black bug bit a big black bear,
made the big black bear bleed blood.

If two witches were watching two watches,
which witch would watch which watch?

The four fleas are poor fleas.
Let the four poor fleas flee, please.

The four fathers found
that poor fathers had forefathers
who were poor fathers, too.

The rural villagers learn really early
to roll relentlessly around on their roller blades.

I put some vile bile in a file and labelled it the “Vile Bile” file.

“Berries vary very much,” said the berry fairy very well.

One should wear one’s best vest for the fest.
In other words, one should wear one’s best fest vest.

I know it’s freezing, but please don’t sneeze on the cheese.

I'm very wary of very scary films.

A Tudor who tooted a flute
tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to their tutor,
"Is it harder to toot
or to tutor two tooters to toot?"

She sells sea shells on the sea shore
and the shells that she sells are sea shells I’m sure!

I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn't the thought I thought I thought.
If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought,
I wouldn't have thought so much.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Betty Botter bought a bit of butter
The butter Betty Botter bought was a bit bitter
And made her batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter makes better batter.
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
Making Betty Botter's bitter batter better.

Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
Now See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw
Before Soar saw See,
Which made Soar sore.
Had Soar seen See’s saw
Before See sawed Soar’s seesaw,
See’s saw would not have sawed Soar’s seesaw.
So See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw.
But it was sad to see Soar so sore
Just because See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw!

A tree toad loved a she-toad
Who lived up in a tree.
He was a two-toed tree toad
But a three-toed toad was she.
The two-toed tree toad tried to win
The three-toed she-toad’s heart,
For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground
That the three-toed tree toad trod.
But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.
He couldn't please her whim.
From her tree toad bower
With her three-toed power
The she-toad vetoed him.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
And chuck as much as a woodchuck would
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.