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Harmonious Handles

12 July, 2011

Here’s a gewgaw to deputise for this week’s lack of Storm (with an all-new, all-tempestuous contest slated to begin next week, once I get my land legs back). The query comes from an SBS viewer, and cryptic apprentice called Geoff Griffey. Over to you, Geoff:

You may notice the initial of my surname is the same as my first name, is there a word for this? (Last year I was managing an apartment building where 5 out of the 8 permanent staff where “same same"or "sama sama"as the Indonesians say. There was Samir Shakya, Sabine Schmidt, myself, Adrienne Andersen and Chloe Courtouis…

Echogram? Duonym? What do we call the James Joyces and Lancelot Links of this world? Is there a particular name for this practice, or the name itself, aside from alliteration?

And who can make the best (or longest) list of a thematically related bunch of people? I’d lose my monocle if anyone could extend a group beyond 18.

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