Amazing Alliteration in Tongue Twisters

by Jun 18, 2018, 11 Comments

Amazing Aliteration

What is alliteration?

Alliteration is when you use multiple words that start with the same sound in order to create a pleasant ring in the reader's mind.

A great example can be found in Poe's The Raven:

      Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

      Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

      While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

      As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

                         – The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe

The important thing is the sound, not the letter. Jungle gym, for example, is an alliteration.

Alliteration in brand names

Alliteration also tends to increase memorability, which is why so many brand names contain alliteration:

  • Coca Cola
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • American Apparel
  • Lulu Lemon
  • Range Rover

Alliteration in tongue twisters

Tongue twisters are a great way to illustrate the idea of alliteration. In fact, the term "tongue twister" is a great example of alliteration in itself!

We've created a practice sheet of some of our favorite alliterative tongue twisters below.

You can print out a high res version here.

Alliteration in Tongue Twisters hand out

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  • Chris Banks says
    will this work
    Posted On Oct 31, 2012 | 10:40
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  • aprildaniellejohnson says
    great , very helpful
    Posted On Mar 21, 2013 | 01:13
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  • tamore01 says
    wonderful tongue twister
    Posted On Apr 03, 2013 | 09:09
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  • qintanyovyobusiness says
    this is hard
    Posted On Jul 03, 2013 | 12:29
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  • mohsin.ali9280 says
    nice thnks for this information
    Posted On Dec 20, 2013 | 07:30
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  • EelKat says
    it tells me that in a story of 24,000 words I have used 844 Alliterations (tongue twisters)
    Posted On Dec 29, 2013 | 03:13
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  • tguchu says
    wow these are amazing and hard
    Posted On Mar 05, 2014 | 06:41
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  • shaeshaddy03 says
    Posted On Mar 06, 2014 | 07:46
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  • 144860 says
    this is pretty cool
    Posted On Apr 17, 2014 | 03:22
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  • franky.edder.dionne says
    I slit a sheet. A sheet I slit. Upon the stilted sheet I sit.
    Posted On Nov 25, 2015 | 01:54
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  • carolpong1972007 says
    nice work Interesting poems Love it.!!!!
    Posted On Feb 15, 2016 | 07:56
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