Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Writer of Another Alliteration

My last post, "A Writer of Another Name" brought up some interesting discussion about pen names and changing names.  Mike sent me this link for Kristen Lamb's blog about names:

Kristen Lamb, "The Problem with Pen Names"

The funny things about pen names is that women have the tremendous opportunity to create names when they get married.  We get the opportunity to embrace a new clan and recreate our identity with our names.

In the 1980s and 1990s, lots of women hyphenated their names.  Unfortunately, this solution has become a symbol of overly feministic women who refuse to accept traditional norms and accept their husbands' name.  And, for the children of parents with hyphenated names, this has created the double hyphenation conundrum.

This leaves the group of women with developed professional names and ready to be married different options.

Inigo Montoya comes to mind.  But this option causes far too much explanation.

But then the door is open for other lovely options.

And here I come to another lovely topic to be explored more fully: Alliteration, including assonance and consonance, of course.  Let's not forget phonetics.

Briefly, because I intend to expand on this more fully in the next posts, alliteration is the repetition of sounds.  Beyond this, in the study of sounds, certain letters contain powerful feelings.

Example?  The phrase "cellar door" is a smooth phrase, enjoyable to say because of the liquid letters ("l" and "r") repeated in the words and the way the words move your tongue.  Try to say "synesthesia," and it's a little like reading "Llama, Llama Red Pajama" to an energetic three-year old.

More discussion about next time....

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