Botter bought a bit
If I put it in my batter, It will make my batter bitter! I learned this one from my mother when I was young, and I always thought it was an botter bought a bit one to roll botter bought a bit the tongue. I also thought it was cute and logical. I always enjoyed tongue twisters growing up, and even got to perform one Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers when I was on Sesame Street as a kid.
Yes that was a moment of fame and glory! I never really delved into the meaning of a given tongue twister. How did the batter get bitter if Betty Botter never put the bitter butter in her batter in the first place? I went straight to my mom with my question. Surely, I thought, I must be remembering the words wrong! There must be a line I was missing! But mom confirmed that I remembered the words just as she had passed them down to me—and she admitted that she, too, had missed the gap in logic in the verse.
Perhaps mom had learned an incomplete version of the poem? If I put it in my batter It will make my batter bitter. While this version is longer and a bit of a better tongue twister, it by no means solved the problem that Betty never put that bitter butter in her batter! How many things like this are there in our lives?
How easy is it for someone, or for the media, to trick us with a clever gimmick into accepting something as reasonable or logical that simply makes no sense?
What do you call a person who throws a party? What do you botter bought a bit a dead person who comes back to life? What do you put in a toaster? I was hoping for some brain science around these types of jokes, but came up empty except for one suggestion that brain training can be accomplished without the help of Luminosity.
Mostly I am reminded by all these examples to pay attention. To listen carefully and closely, and as much as possible, not to accept things at face value.
This is easier said than done, and I know I will miss important subtleties and inconsistencies more often than I would like to predict. A plane crashes fatally on the border of the United States and Canada. Where do they bury the survivors? First of all, it sounds like there were no botter bought a bit. But even if there were, you do not bury survivors. Can you say this tongue twister 10x fast? Stopping to Think I never really delved into the botter bought a bit of a given tongue twister.
Sigh… We Are Gullible How many things like this are there in our lives? And in the meantime, I will leave you with this: