In regards to the question raised by the old tongue-twister, "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper Picked a peck of picked peppers, how many picked peppers did Peter Piper pick?"

The usual answer is 'a peck'. However, that's a volume measurement, not a count. In order to hazard a guess how many picked peppers were picked you would need to know the average number of pickled peppers in a peck.

Moreover, you would need to know the TYPE of pepper because of size differenes.

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A completely different question is raised by the tongue twister, "How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood."

The answer might be provided directly in the question – because it seems to assume a wood chuck CANNOT chuck wood. However, it's not actually clear whether a wood chuck could chuck wood or not! After all the only indication we have otherwise is a negative correlation in a folk word game; not the most scientifically accurate of sources.

More data is needed.

All that said, the second part of the wood chuck tongue twister actually provides a pretty fair and logically consistent, if not actually helpful, answer, "A wood chuck would chuck as much wood as a wood chuck could chuck, if a wood chuck could chuck wood."

I'm thinking we need to investigate these questions in greater depth. And, while we are at it, let's find out if Suzy has a license to sell those sea shells and how Betty Botter's butter made the batter bitter. What kind of butter is bitter?

Note that some tongue twisters, such as, "Six slick slim slender saplings," ask no questions; nor do they raise any other issues. I think we can ignore these for the moment.

Please boost! I am currently looking for a volunteer to investigate the tongue twister, "A skunk sat on a stump. The skunk thought the stump stunk and the stump thought the skunk stunk. Which stunk, the skunk or the stump?"

You'll need a skunk and a stump for comparison, but it should be fairly easy to hit it on the nose.

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