Did you write anything that contains alliteration?


The stylistic device of alliteration is a linguistic conspicuity that is supposed to make a text more catchy, interesting or even more beautiful. How exactly the rhetorical device can look within the German language and what effect it has on the reading recipient can be illustrated with the help of a definition and a few examples.


The made-up word is a compound of the individual Latin words “ad”, which means “to”, and “littera”, the Latin word for “letter”. The special feature of an alliteration is the always the same first letter of several consecutive words in a sentence. In rare cases, there may be a conjunction in between, the first letter of which does not fit into the sequence; A teacher may have to decide whether this is still the classic stylistic device.


Everyone knows the popular tongue twisters that grandpa or uncle raised with them from their childhood:

We have all heard of “Fischers Fritz fishes fresh fish”. And always with the same first letter f the fact of an alliteration is fulfilled.

"Milk perks up tired men" was a slogan that attracted a lot of attention, especially in the past century. Again, the rhetorical means is through the letter m clearly given.

“We Viennese laundromats would wash white clothes if we knew where the warm water would be.” - So it goes much longer. Then, however, the alliteration degenerates into a rather fun element, which is certainly not found in high literature.


Alliteration can be cheerful, happy, and delightful. It appears in many poems and in classical literature, but then often subtle and not as exemplary as in the three examples mentioned. In any case, alliterations loosen up the sentence structure, can act as a memory aid and in most cases attract the reader's attention. Whether the stylistic device is only available from three or two consecutive words must always be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Info: The press also likes to use the stylistic device of alliteration, for example the Bild newspaper during the 2006 World Cup, when it debuted on April 7th with the following title topic: “Lehmann No. 1 in the German goal. Klinsi kills King Kahn. “This example has already been used by countless German teachers as a starting point for lessons in order to be able to illustrate the facts of the rhetorical device in a simple and amusing way.