Alliterative Analysis

August 20, 2010 | My Jottings

I like alliteration. You might find proof of that by looking just left of these words to see the titles of some of my recent blog posts. Most of you know that alliteration is the use of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. “The more the merrier” and “blind as a bat” are a couple of common alliterative phrases. “The fickle finger of fate made sure the dragonfly was dead as a doornail” is another alliterative example.

For some fun on the blog I’m going to ask you all to describe yourself in at least two words, preferably three, using alliteration. So you might say you are friendly and fearful. Or bubbly and brave and bold. Or lanky and lazy. Or intrepid, insecure and independent. Or mean, malevolent and menacing. Actually, if you are mean, malevolent and menacing, please read no further and just close this blog and quietly turn off your computer now. Thank you.

There might be a bloggy giveaway contest connected to this post. You won’t win anything if you don’t do a little fun alliterative analysis of yourself. You might win something if you do.

I’ll play along too, although I’m not eligible to win a prize. (How weird would that be to award myself my own prize? We have a winner for my blog’s bloggy giveaway, and it’s me!Β  Thank you all for entering, but none of you won….I won! On the day something like that happens here, that will be your signal to start praying for me in earnest.)

Anyway, choose any letter you like to begin your words. I’m choosing the letter C to describe myself in three words (one slightly positive, one slightly negative, one fairly neutral):


Can you guess which one is the slightly negative one? If not, you could call my husband Michael and he might be willing to help you figure it out.Β  πŸ™‚

When I was a little girl I think my parents, if they were giving their analysis, would have said I was:



Now it’s your turn! What two or three (or four!) alliterative words would you use to describe yourself? Comments will be taken until Tuesday morning and the winner will be announced later that day.

Get going, you gracious and gifted guys and gals!


  1. Sharon says:

    I couldn’t think of anything, so I asked my husband how he would describe me. He came up with:

    I would say one of the three is true. πŸ˜‰

  2. Just Julie says:

    You couldn’t come up with anything? You? I would have thought that you might be able to come up with seventeen alliterative words! I like what Chris chose, though. πŸ™‚

  3. Shelley says:

    My roommates in college nicknamed me the walking theasurus and I too love the flow of alliteration. I would induct myself into the “I” hall of fame:


    Inventive: I invent stories for my children. Currently Mike the Dust Mite is having adventures on our bedroom ceiling fan.
    Insightful: At a board meeting that I was potentially going to become a part of I was described by the coordinator as a ‘synthesizer of ideas’ for people with differing opinions.
    Intelligent: Not in a prideful way, I just enjoy learning.
    Illogical: Since husbands seem to be enlisted in helping to describe us, mine seems to think that most of my fears are illogical. Like fear of hornets, ticks, etc.

    I believe that’s pretty good before coffee! This is a fun inquiry Julie:)

  4. Just Julie says:

    This was wonderful, Shelley! Tell your husband I think a fear of hornets is very logical. My husband was stung six times within five seconds three weeks ago – we have a nest somewhere and we can’t find it. And a ‘synthesizer of ideas’ – what a great way to be described. I love all that you wrote…

  5. Ember says:

    wordy (alas)
    worried (chronically)
    weird (everyone agrees on this)

  6. Just Julie says:

    I think those three words describe me too, Ember. πŸ™‚

  7. Ginny the Yalker..."One Who Can Yarn Talk" says:

    Jewel, I will choose “N”

    NOCTURNAL….as you can see it is 1:50am and I am playing on my iPhone. They say nocturnal animals have a keen sense of hearing and smell which leads me into my other Ns.

    NOSEY x2….I can smell bad things before they turn bad and other smells that my poor husband is still trying to figure out. I am convinced that this “gift?” has everything to do with my huge nose and long nostrils. The x2 is because I am also NOSEY. I have been known to ask questions of people in the first 20 seconds of knowing them that most people wouldn’t get around to in a year. I just love to “NO” people! : )

    NOISEY….I love to laugh and be loud. Also crowds and chaos flick my Bic!!

    Nitey Night…..,

  8. Just Julie says:

    This was fantastic, Ginny. You always make me laugh. πŸ™‚

  9. Savannah says:

    Let’s do “S”… for “Savannah”.

    – Sensitive
    – Single
    – Searching

    Ok, I’m completely kidding, I just thought that was hilarious. Plus, my office got a big laugh out of that one. =)
    “S”eriously now, here’s my list:

    – Sincere
    – Salt of the earth
    – Satisfied
    – Sappy (I don’t resist emotion)
    – Supportive
    – Stubborn
    – Sociable.

    I know that was a lot, but I like long-ish lists.

    Sharon, you crack me up.

  10. Just Julie says:

    That was wonderful Savannah Gate! I knew I could count on you for a longer list. πŸ™‚

  11. Christy says:

    I like longish lists also:

    Sharon…..I expected a very long list and figured they would be words I never heard before. I believe creativity has you all wrapped up in yarn arms. But “hot” is good….esp. when a husband suggests it! :))

  12. Just Julie says:

    Waggish! I had to look the word up Christy….and yes, you are waggish. Thank you for helping me learn something new today. I think you are four of the six W words you wrote, Christy…. πŸ™‚

  13. Savannah... the daughter of Christy says:

    Hmm… which four are those? What two don’t you think she is?
    I looked up “waggish” and it was: roguishly merry
    I love that word. I’m going to use it all the time.
    She IS a worrier, a warrior, (dare I say wrinkled), willing (if it means staying at home), slightly waggish… and warm? Not when it comes to boo boo’s and sick people.

  14. Just Julie says:

    I think she’s waggish, warrior, willing and warm. But not in a nursely way. πŸ™‚

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