Submitted by j  •  November 22, 2006

What is the term used...

... to describe a phrase where all words begin with the same letter?

Sally sells seashells at the sea shore..

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alliteration?

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Thanks! Was on the tip of my tongue (for days), but just wasn't coming to me.

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I think alliteration just means if an initial letter sound is repeated, not necessarily if all the words begin with the letter.
"She sell seashells by the beach" is still alliteration.

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alliteration is for repeated *initial* consonants, as in the example above, consonance for repeated consonants *elsewhere* within words, and assonance is for repeated *vowel* sounds.

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Yes thank you so much. I'm going into my junior year [high school] and doing my AP English homework i could not for the life of me remember alliteration. I knew it started with an 'a'!

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Note, too, that it doesn't necessary have anything to do with letters:

Psychiatrist Cindy sins.

Ken cuts quiche.

(etc.)

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