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Monday, January 21, 2008


Alliteration: the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables, as in wild and woolly or threatening throngs.

Apparently, we like alliteration. It is common in English in short phrases.

Jumbo jet
Pied piper
Party pooper
Bad boy
Pet peeve
Pay the piper
Money monger

Good alliteration is found in Tolkien’s background poetry to the Lord of the Rings. There are three alliterations in every line. It is great. Longfellow’s Hiawatha is another alliteration poem.

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