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Amazing Alliteration in Tongue Twisters

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Published Jun 18, 2018

Amazing Aliteration

  1. What is alliteration?
  2. Alliteration in brand names
  3. Alliteration in tongue twisters

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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will this work
By chrisgmail on 31 October 2012, 10:40 AM
great , very helpful
By aprildaniellejohnson on 21 March 2013, 01:13 PM
wonderful tongue twister
By tamore01 on 03 April 2013, 09:09 PM
this is hard
By qintanyovyobusiness on 03 July 2013, 12:29 AM
nice thnks for this information
By mohsin.ali9280 on 20 December 2013, 07:30 PM
it tells me that in a story of 24,000 words I have used 844 Alliterations (tongue twisters)
By EelKat on 29 December 2013, 03:13 AM
wow these are amazing and hard
By tguchu on 05 March 2014, 06:41 PM
By shaeshaddy03 on 06 March 2014, 07:46 AM
this is pretty cool
By 144860 on 17 April 2014, 03:22 PM
I slit a sheet. A sheet I slit. Upon the stilted sheet I sit.
By franky.edder.dionne on 25 November 2015, 01:54 AM
nice work Interesting poems Love it.!!!!
By carolpong1972007 on 15 February 2016, 07:56 PM

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