I have found that people come upon my site while trying to find the meaning of the word “assonance” at least several times per week.
Assonance occurs when a series of words contain a vowel sound in common. For example, “Jo ascended the throne and told the whole populace to throw a bone to Polonius the Vole”. Notice how the words don’t necessarily rhyme exactly, but many of them share a certain type of “O” sound.
If you’re like me, you may sometimes get assonance mixed up with alliteration, which describes a group of words in which several begin with the same consonant sound. For example, “Terrific, Thomas, I tell you; Tabitha told me the two will take the train by the Thames for tea”. Little or no assonance, but lots of alliteration having to do with the “T” sound.
Why is this site named Assonance? A momentary lapse of reason, perhaps. In any case, some of what I write could be construed as asinine, and in my word-mangling mind, assonance could be defined as “the quality of being asinine”; sort of a poor spelling of asinineness. Alert reader Angie pointed out below that my blog’s subtitle is yet another example of assonance! Believe it or not, I had not noticed that, so I’m clearly a natural at it.
If my site has helped you understand the meaning of “Assonance” (or alliteration), feel free to leave a comment and say hello!
Visitor “Aitil”, or should I say, Litia, asked for a simpler example of assonance, and I’m happy to oblige. I hope you don’t mind a little slang. I’ll do more if you want:
“Yo, hello, I’m going with the flow, don’t you know that we’re both on a roll?”
Here’s a more technical definition for those interested.