If ever there was a month that exudes alliteration, it is April and the A to Z challenge. With a letter theme, most of us try to come up with witty and memorable titles using alliteration.
The repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables (as wild and woolly, threatening throngs)
If you have ever read to a toddler, you know the effectiveness of A is for Apple, B is for Banana. Alliteration not only allows us to remember text, it also creates a melodic rhythm that makes words sing.
A fun example...
Betty Botter by Mother Goose
Betty Botter bought some butter, but, she said, the butter’s bitter; if I put it in my batter it will make my batter bitter, but a bit of better butter will make my batter better.
Consider how often it is used in marketing/products...
Mickey (and Minnie) Mouse
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Or, in book titles...
Pride and Prejudice
The Great Gatsby
Interesting enough, in Harry Potter...
Like any literary device, it can be taken too far and lose its power. But well-placed alliteration can be a great tool to keep a reader engaged and make your story memorable.
Can you think of an example of effective alliteration?
For more A to Z fun, and plenty of alliteration examples, please check out other participants here.
Oh, and as a special A aside... a huge high-five to Arlee Bird, the Challenge founder. A is for Appreciative, Arlee. Many thanks! Visit Arlee at Tossing It Out.