An African's Anecdotes and Accoutrements
|I'm an alliteration afficiondo. I've used it in several blog titles - like this one - and it is one of my favourite childhood memories. I remember my parents teaching my siblings and I how to apply alliteration to our everyday lives. I wish I could remember exactly how we applied alliteration, but unfortunately the only idea that springs to mind is our pets. When I think of various childhood animals I can only provide examples like "Tubby Taffy", "Long Liza", "Cheeky Chinky"or "Prim Pandora"... it might seem silly now, but back then it was great fun.
Since June last year I've been writing articles on another site. The articles can earn a writer money, and keywords and titles are very important. It is not easy trying to come up with interesting titles about items like beetroot or persimmon. Titles have always been a very difficult part of writing for me, so imagine how "challenging"(I hate that word") it is to find the one tantilising title that's going to make my 800 word article about the Beautiful Beetroot stand out from around 1 million other articles in cyberspace about beetroot.
During the last few months I've embarked on a series of articles about gemstones. I've always been fascinated by the mythology and history of gemstones, and the research for these articles has led to an increased interest in what makes a good jewellery gemstone. I've had real fun with these titles, which have included Tantalising Tanzanite and Enchanting Emeralds. My editor has been a big help here; I think she loves words as much as I do!
Yesterday I sat down and began reading about jade. I'm immediately confronted by a problem, because I cannot find a suitable adjective for jade! J is not an easy letter to use for alliteration. I could perhaps use Jade Jewellery, but that's a bit of a misnomer because jade is used for more than simple gemstones. Joyful/Jubulant/Jovial Jade is absolutely scraping the bottom of the barrel. I could perhaps consider an adjective beginning with G, but then I'm no longer following the trend set with my previous articles. Jade was considered the gemstone of royalty in ancient eastern times... but that doesn't help me in the slightest!
I need your help! If anyone can come up with an appropriate adjective please post your offering as a comment. You could earn yourself a marvellous merit badge medal.
PS: for anyone who is interested, asseblief is the word for "please"!