Santé n’est pas sans t, mais maladie est sans t.

Tonguetwister Tuesday is here again! Santé n’est pas sans t, mais maladie est sans t.

sah-tay nay pah sah-TAY, may mah-lah-DEE ay sah-TAY. Click below to hear this tonguetwister!

Before I give you the pronunciation, let me warn you: this tonguetwister is not so much hard to say, as a great big pun. Pay close attention now:

Santé n’est pas sans t, mais maladie est sans t.
sah-tay nay pah sah-TAY, may mah-lah-DEE ay sah-TAY.
Health is not without a “t”, but sickness is without a “t”.

That version is about spelling. Now check out this version:

Santé n’est pas santé, mais maladie est santé.
sah-tay nay pah sah-TAY, may mah-lah-DEE ay sah-TAY.
Health is not health, but sickness is health.

This version is about paradoxes. Exactly the kind of wordplay that French is known for! The language lends itself to homonyms. Remember Gal, amant de la reine?

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