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Amusing Alliteration

Updated on January 10, 2013

Welcome to Amusing Alliteration

This lighthearted lens will appeal to paripatetic ponderers, parenthetical poets, and pundits of pleasingly plump prose.

NOTE: Those with incredibly short-attention spans or missing funnybones would be well advised to find something all together trifling to occupy their time like twiddling their toes, wiggling their ears, or gazing at their navels.


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Artful Alliteration - A perfectly pedantic and politically-correct pastime

Dashing Dwayne Dipplewort dabbled daily on his draft, after all, dedicated docile didactic dragons don't do dastardly deeds.


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Brunhilda Baughurst, a bashful bucket babe from Blumenort, (Manitoba) dared to dream of the day when she could toss her cookies, her clothesline, not to mention her crabby kids and become a voluptuous vixen of the vacuum or venturesome vamp of the veranda. Failing that, she thought she might consider becoming a veritable vagabond of vapid verbs, vainglorious vowels and vague vaniloquence. At the very least, she realized she could settle for kissing a fool, a frog, or even a flying-carpet salesman just for the heck of it!

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WHAT THE HECK IS ALLITERATION? - Nutty Names and Witty Wordplay

Alliteration is the art of stringing a lot of words together that begin with the same consonant (you know...any word that doesn't begin with a vowel such as "a", "e", "i", "o", or "u") so that they can fit happily into a phrase or a complete sentence. Entertaining examples include titillating tongue twisters such as "Rubber baby buggy bumpers", "Peter Piper picked a peck of pippled peppers", and "She sells seashells down by the seashore".

Witless wordmongers may find this lovely literary device to their liking since it's easy to plop these pleasingly plump pieces of pith or piffle into a plot going nowhere fast. Artful alliteration is a handy tool for creating mundane milquetoast metaphors to sprinkle along the garden path and lull readers to sleep with trite if not tiresome twaddle like "right as rain", "dead as a doornail", and "good as gold".

There are also endless uses for alliteration particularly when it comes to the creation of nutty names like: "Fester Fanggut" (a Terry Pratchett character), well-know icons such as "Fred Flintstone", "King Kong", "Roger Rabbit", and "Spongebob Squarepants", or obscure folks like "Tracy Turnblad" (from movie "Hairspray") or Harry Potter characters like "Filius Flitwick", "Luna Lovegood", "Minerva McGonagall", "Severus Snape" or Hogwarts founders: "Godric Gryffindor", "Helga Hufflepuff", "Rowena Ravenclaw" and "Salazar Slytherin". Of course readers will also recall several odd personalities in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events -- "Quigley Quagmire" and "Dewey Denouement". And, last but not least, an array of amusing anime character names exist including: "Beyond Birthday", "Cecil Croomy", and "Lelouch Lamperouge".

AMUSING ALLITERATION - Or, cockamammie cartoons

AMUSING ALLITERATION - Or, Batty and Bizarre Book Titles

If you want to stand out in the slush pile and sell a book, maybe it's time to use a bit of amusing alliteration.

Entertaining examples of tongue-twister titles include:

Aster Aardvark's Alphabet Adventure

Bootsie Barker Bites

Carnivorous Carnival

Four Fur Feet

Princess Prunella and Purple Peanut

Six Creepy Sheep

Some Smug Slug

Tangle of Tongues

The Ersatz Elevator

The Penultimate Peril

The Vile Village




Wee William warbling,

with wonder watching,

wacky wood-pecker working.


Poetry Credit: Koyel Mitra, India.

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Avoid alliteration...always!

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater's Palate Preferred Pretty Princesses not Pumpkin Pies! - Have a Ho Ho Halloween Everyone!


Billy Botter, a butterfingered buffoon, baked biscuits with bitter butter in the batter but belatedly, Billy belched, botched the batch and bit the dust before breakfast...what a bummer!

PETER PIPER PICKED A PECK OF ...? - Pretty peculiar plants if you ask me!

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?


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Who says someone with an amusing alliterative name like Hubert Horatio Humphrey can't become a U.S. Vice-President?



Wait waterless wanderer. Whoever walks to the well will wade into a wonderous world. A world which will waken the wilting wallpaper of work and worry. Well? Worry will wait while wells and whirls a warm-hearted wackiness into a weary week. Whereafter waves and waterfalls of wonderment will wash all weakness. A way? Well? A world wide web of wholehearted wholesome wisdom and wit waits to wipe away worries. Wells work wonders for wrinkles. Why wait. Why wonder. Why worry. Why wain. Why whittle. Why wither. Walk in. Well, what are we waiting for? It'll double you at Hardy's well.


Poetry Credit: Lemn Sissay courtesy of

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Quentin Quid Pro Quo queried the quixotic Queen of Everything about why she quibbled over the quality of queasy quenchers and quaffing quidnuncs in her quiescent queendom?


Witty, well-endowed, warm-hearted wench wants worry-free, wicked, winsome weatherman with whiskers to work wonders (who's also willing to wax forth about wind sleeves, weathercocks and weather-vanes while making wild and wonderful whoopee).


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If one doctor doctors another doctor, does the doctor

who doctors the doctor doctor the doctor the way the

doctor he is doctoring doctors? Or does he doctor

the doctor the way the doctor who doctors doctors?


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A tree toad loved a she-toad

Who lived up in a tree.

He was a two-toed tree toad

But a three-toed toad was she.

The two-toed tree toad tried to win

The three-toed she-toad's heart,

For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground

That the three-toed tree toad trod.

But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.

He couldn't please her whim.

From her tree toad bower

With her three-toed power

The she-toad vetoed him.


Words Source: Tongue-Twister

A mad cow does not a marvellous merry-milking machine make!


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Amusing Alliteration for the Ho Ho Ho Holidays

Weird Christmas
Weird Christmas

A wonderfully witty, wise and wicked piece of work!


Wonderfully Wicked & Weird Woodchuck Words - And don't forget to have a Ho Ho Ho Halloween!

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck

if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,

and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would

if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

The Trick-or-Treat & Tummy Trouble Troll terrified toothless twirps with tacky tweets and tasteless tokens of twaddle!


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HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN! - From the Hapless Headless Horseman

Headless Horseman Haunts on Halloween

The headless horseman heads for the

haunted house of Harry, Harriet, and Haddie

to happily haunt on Halloween.

Truly terrified they tell their tale

of snakes slithering through pumpkin patches

periously peeking between bountiful bales of hay

high above apple trees towering tall -

a silhouetted sight in the spooky sky.

His galloping gait grabs the ground

while the westerly wind whistles

as the hounds' harsh howls

piercingly penetrate the mist masking the magic

of the neverending nebulous night.

Harry, Harriet, and Haddie hold hands

as they hide hushed with heavy hearts

behind the big broad bed's backboard

in the comodious corner contemplating and calculating

an impending escape although an appraisal of the

scary situation seemingly shouted silent seriousness

of the maniacal malicious muted moment.

High on the hill, the Headless Horseman halted his horse ...

(I hope you can help me finish this Halloween poem!)


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'Tis the season to enjoy a little friendly fun and folly!

If I see shiny stars sparkling on sleek, silver sleighs or suffer suckey-faced Santa singing silly songs like "Rudoloph the Red-Nosed-Reindeer", or "Walking in a winter wonderland", I'm going to wretch!


Here's a rather effective and entertaining use of amusing alliteration on the cover of a book by Joey Green entitled, "Weird Christmas - A Collection of Curious and Crazy Customs and Coincidences Concerning Christmas"!


If You Were Alliteration (Word Fun)
If You Were Alliteration (Word Fun)

A wicked word book for worry-warts and wet-blankets.

It Figures!: Fun Figures of Speech
It Figures!: Fun Figures of Speech

A primer for people who hate punctuation but live pictures.

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (Storyopolis Books)
Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (Storyopolis Books)

Who wouldn't want to read a book by Berkeley Breathed?

Some Smug Slug
Some Smug Slug

What's not to like about a succulent smug slug?

Clara Caterpillar
Clara Caterpillar

Say, let me introduce you to a catchy, cute caterpillar named Clara.





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GIGGLES, GRUNTS, AND GROANS FROM GLEEFUL GUESTS - Lovers of language and loquacious lollygaggers are most welcome to leave their lavish, laughable or lame comme

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      4 years ago

      Profusely pigmented people practicing piscatorial predation.

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      6 years ago

      The cat crept into the crypt and crapped.

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      7 years ago

      Ahem! ATTENTION ALL! Asking the Attention of Anyone, Anywhere in Attendance!

      What in the World?! Why in the World?! Who in the World?!

      Welcome to a Whole World of Words Written About âASPIRING ALLITERATION ARTISTâ:

      All in All, I am an All-Around Aspiring Artist!... an Author of Authenticity!! Alliterative Architect!!! Amateur Ace!?! Analytic Army of Answers?!? (...Anyhow? ...Anyway! ...Anywho?) - In All Actuality... I am Also Absolutely Ambitious, Able, and Anxious to Apply an Abundant Amount of Acquired Abilities in an Array of (Applicable?) Areas, as I Arduously Aspire Ahead to... Aiming it All at... Achieving Awesomeness!

      And Also, Another Addition ALL Are Asked to Apply Attention to:

      I am Also Aspiring to Attract the Attention of an All-Around Assorted Audience (Adventuresome Adults... Awkward Adolescents... Antiquated Authoritarians... Anybody at Any Age... Artistic Allies Alike... Abstracted Art Admirers... Anonymous Aliens Abroad... Anyone Anywhere) - Altogether, an Attentive Audience Attuned to Appreciating the Art of Alliteration!

      Where in the Whole Wide World of Websites?

      Why Wait & Wonder âWhat in the Wordâ is Within?

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      7 years ago

      Not what I expected at all at all..But very amusing all the same ! In the right beat it's a bit of a short step from bad American rap .... Blugh...ouch

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed your amusing alliterations. I did a neat list of the best examples of alliteration in business and brands that you might enjoy too: Spic-N-Span, Tater-Tots, Beavis And Butthead and much more!

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      Amazing assortment of alterations that attracted my attention. Angel blessed. (I know blessed doesn't exactly fit but I sure you don't mind).

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      8 years ago

      I like a little alliterative literature, so liked this laughable lens!

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      9 years ago

      Love them;

      Especially the peter piper one. Very difficult to say, so amusing and funny at the same time! :)

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      9 years ago

      Very amusing lens. I've lensrolled it to my Famous Misquotes lens.


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