Ais for alliteration Alliteration repeats the same sound at the beginning of words close enough to produce a kind of rhyming effect. Usually, an alliteration features consonants rather than vowels, but with a little creativity, you can create an alliteration for a vowel.
Practise alliterative sentences to strengthen your reading skills. The fun is to see how fast you can go. Here is an example:
There are many ways to organize things: alphabetic, numeric, alphanumeric, chronological, or by priority or importance.
To alphabetise means to put a list of things into alphabetic or alphanumeric order, letter-by-letter or word-by-word. Computers alphabetise lists automatically, placing special characters first, then numbers, then letter-by-letter. Computers may have a “stop list” of little words that don’t count, e.g., a, an, the, to. Dictionaries and phone books usually place special characters and numbers within the alphabet as if they were spelled out.
Letter by letter
Aida Coffee House, Aidan’s Gluten Free, Aidas Network, Aid to Women
Word by word
Aid to Women, Aida Coffee House, Aidan’s Gluten Free, Aidas Network
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
The word alphabet is derived from the Greek letters for A, alpha, and B, beta. The alphabet was created by a Semitic people living in Egypt around 1900 BC. Phoenicians and Hebrews adopted it, and then it spread to the Greeks and finally the Romans. Each culture changed it a little along the way.
The order of the alphabet is very important, both for finding words in the dictionary and for reading and making lists.
Writers practise reciting the alphabet the way musicians practise scales.
Some little A words
Confusing A words
away, awarding, always, wayward
about, above, abuse
Special reading assignment
“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.” —Bernard Baruch