noun. the occurence of the same initial sound in several words succession

littera - "letter"

One of the most commonly known alliterations is a tongue twister about Sally selling seashells by the seashore.


n. a military draft

scribo, scribere, scripsi, scriptum - "to write"

During the war in Vietnam, the United States had a conscription due to the lack of soldiers currently enlisted.


n. a word that sounds like the thing it names

onoma - "name"

In a popular 2013 & 2014 song, artist Ylvis uses many comical onomatopoeias to describe possible noises a fox could make.


adj. shameful; disgraceful

nomen - "to perceive acutely or keenly with the senses or mind"

The most ignominious defeat in Muhammad Ali's almost flawless career was when he lost to Leon Spinks in 1978 for the World Heavyweight Championship.

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