5 Common Words That Don’t Rhyme
If you like writing traditional poetry — you know, the kind that rhymes — here’s a list of five words you might want to avoid at the ends of your lines. What I find interesting about this list (found at Reference.com) is that all the words are the common, everyday kind.
This one’s no surprise, right? We’ve all heard that there’s no word in English that precisely rhymes with orange. If you combine two words, you can come close: door hinge, store binge, more singe. But try finding a way to work those into a poem!
Update: According to the Oxford English Dictionary (the Big Daddy of all dictionaries), there is one word listed in its twenty volumes that rhymes with orange. The word is sporange and it is a “very rare alternative form of sporangium (a botanical term for a part of a fern or similar plant).” So, there you go. Myth dispelled. Just kidding. I don’t count a variant of an obscure term in a scientific field. Orange stays on the list.
Hi-ho, I didn’t know that nothing rhymes with silver. You can get pretty close with the name Wilbur. But a literal rhyme means all the sounds are identical other than the initial consonant. B sounds similar to V, but it’s just enough off to disqualify it as a formal rhyme.
It’s so common I’d never noticed what a funny word this is to say. It’s so funny, in fact, that nobody has created a word similar enough to rhyme.
Lots of words rhyme with angle, the all-too-common misspelling. But angel has none. This surprises me because, unlike bulb, angel is a nice-sounding word. Or maybe I just think that because I like the meaning. No, it’s just nice. Someone should invent a word that rhymes with it. It’s a good poem word.
How is it possible that I’ve never noticed that this word is rhymeless? I probably say it at least once a day. When you think about it, it’s kind of an ugly word, isn’t it?
Reference.com also notes that none of the three spatial measuring words — width, breadth, and depth — have rhymes. Must be something about words that end in a consonant followed by -th — like month.
Do you know other common words that don’t rhyme? Please list them. And add any comments too. I like talking about this stuff.