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  • n. Device to change the voice to make it more raspy, used in Punch and Judy performances


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From “swatchel”, probably from German schwätzeln, from schwatzen.


  • It is an inward and sibylline sound of swazzle notes and speaking stones.

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  • Insert your swazzle and repeat after me: "That's the way to do it!" posted by K. A. Laity at

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  • This is kind of facile (and not a little bit peurile), but I used to select the wider blades of grass that I could find, and pinch them between the balls of my hands (paddy part at the bottom of the thumb) and the tips of my thumbs, and when you blow through the resulting gap with the grass blade, it made a very obnoxious, honky kind of sound, in the same general sonic family as listening to Mr. Punch speak through the swazzle.

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  • Punch’s voice, high pitched and squeaky is produced through the use of a swazzle or squeaker.

    Punch and Judy


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