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    Default Is there a term for this kind of usage?

    Hi,

    Please read the following:

    "Several of my good friends have been always single. They have successfully tided over the difficult in-between years, when their decision came under severe strain from their doubled and still un-disillusioned peers glowing with bestowed baubles and besotting babies. The early years were too full of fun to bother, and later times brought the wisdom only recently acquired by western economies, namely that outsourcing is cheaper, easier, and frees you from union demands."

    Is there a term/name for this kind of usage - "bestowed baubles and
    besotting babies"? (each pair has the same initial letter).

    Also, what does 'bestowed baubles' mean here? I saw in the
    dictionary that 'baubles' means
    '1 a piece of jewellery that is cheap and has little artistic value
    2 (BrE) a decoration for a Christmas tree in the shape of a ball'
    I am assuming it means the first one of the two meanings. But I
    cannot tell if it is said in a sarcastic manner because this passage
    is from a humor column.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Is there a term for this kind of usage?

    Alliteration is the repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring words.

    Ex: "bestowed baubles and besotting babies"

    bauble (n.)
    1. a piece of jewellery that is cheap and has little artistic value

    All the best.

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    Default Re: Is there a term for this kind of usage?

    Thank you Casiopea.

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    You're most welcome, englishstudent.

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