Zippialliterate

Initial /p/ is everywhere in Dingburg today:

Alliteration in modern English serves mostly playful purposes — in tongue twisters (“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”), brand names (PayPal), formulaic expressions (pleased as punch), and the like. It was a standard poetic device in Old English, and is the basis for the occasional alliterative poems written today.

A related phenomenon is the use of stuttering in music, as in the Papageno/Papagena duet from the Magic Flute (“Pa pa pa …”). There’s an on-line collection of stuttering songs, of many different types, here.

 

One Response to “Zippialliterate”

  1. More alliteration | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] In the last round, it was all /p/. This time, it’s /f/, /t/, /s/, and back to /f/. […]

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