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Alliteration is great—until it’s not. You can pretty quickly overdo it, though I don’t think any major professional sports franchise has yet. The Boston Bruins, the Seattle Seahawks, the Cleveland Cavaliers: these names all have a nice ring to them. As do countless others, from the Washington Wizards to the Tennessee Titans to the Buffalo Bills. The sounds run quickly off your tongue and not unpleasantly into the air. They’re not irritating or obnoxious—unless maybe you’re a fan of the opposing team.


Use is with the permission of Thomson Reuters. Originally published as Barry, Patrick. "Alliteration, Restraint, and a Mind at Work." Persp. : Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 26, no. 2 (2018): 73-5.