Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Alliteriplets: Alliterative Triplets

Yesterday's post was supposed to be about triplets born on TV series, but I simply couldn't find that many children:
  • Frank Jr. Jr., Leslie and Chandler on "Friends" (NBC, 10/8/1998)
  • Steve, Charley and Robbie, Jr. Douglas on "My Three Sons" (CBS, 11/16/1968)
That's it. I expected many more, especially for daytime soaps.

I guess it makes some sense though. With child labor laws on the set, it's difficult and expensive to film. Probably beyond the financial and logistical means for a daily story. Twins make a lot more sense, and you'll find Geminis everywhere. But that's a post for a different day.

Now you see why I planned alliterative triplets for today's post. I was going with a theme of three...until it didn't work.

I defined an alliterative triplet as any phrase with three different words, all with the same first letter. The word 'and' can be explicitly stated (four total words) or implied through the use of a comma (only three words). Why different words? You'd be shocked how often ep titles just repeat a single word three times, such as: Nag, Nag, Nag (''The Partridge Family,'' 12/8/1972).

Without further ado, here's the list of ep titles that are alliterative triplets. I only included one title for each letter. Of course, not all letters are represented:
  • A: Aches, Allergies, Acupuncture (''K9 Karma'')

  • B: Becky, Beds and Boys (''Roseanne,'' 10/23/1990)

  • C: Cowgirls, Combines & Commandos (''CMT Small Town Secrets'')

  • D: Death, Debt & Dating (''Ed,'' 10/22/2003)

  • F: Favre, Friends and Frolicking (''The Daly Planet,'' 2/15/2006)

  • G: Grips, Grunts and Groans (''The Three Stooges'')

  • K: Kind, Kompassionate and Karing (''Nurses,'' 11/2/1991)

  • L: Love, Lust and Lies (''Road Rules,'' 7/24/2000)

  • M: Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires (''Batman,'' 3/14/1968)

  • P: Patriotism, Pepper and Professionalism (''Mr. Show with Bob and David,'' 12/28/1998)

  • R: Readin', Ritin', and Rudy (''Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids'')

  • S: Sword, Sai and Shuriken (''Conan: The Adventurer'')

  • T: Turtles, Ties, and Toreadors (''The Dick Van Dyke Show,'' 12/4/1963)

  • U: Uncut, Uncensored & Untalented (''American Idol,'' 3/1/2004)

  • V: Veni, Vidi, Vicki (''Women in Prison,'' 12/26/1987)

  • W: Wine, Women and War (''The Six Million Dollar Man,'' 10/20/1973)

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