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Xachiavelli
657577.  Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:31 am Reply with quote

Stephen has already disolved the myth that Purple and Month have no rhyme. He also claimed that Orange had a rhyme, but only cited proper nouns.

I think he should also see if there's a rhyme for either 'silver' or 'cameo'

 
bobwilson
657578.  Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:34 am Reply with quote

There's chilver for silver

 
bemahan
657580.  Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:35 am Reply with quote

chilver = a female lamb

Edit - bob beat me to it but here's the definition.


Last edited by bemahan on Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:37 am; edited 1 time in total

 
Xachiavelli
657581.  Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:36 am Reply with quote

bemahan wrote:
chilver = a female lamb?


Ah, very good

 
bobwilson
657585.  Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:44 am Reply with quote

Also, when do you say a word rhymes with another? What's a rhyme for "another" for instance? I'd say president would be a rhyme for competent or excellent and that's just on the last syllable - so why not patio for cameo?

 
exnihilo
657589.  Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:20 am Reply with quote

Presumably the OP wants perfect rhymes. What you've offered there are syllabic or half-rhymes.

Incidentally, there are a great many other English words with no rhyme.

 
bobwilson
657763.  Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:12 pm Reply with quote

So it's a meaningless question really as it depends on your definition of a rhyme - or as Ogden Nash might have put it (if he were the bastard child of Peter Cook and William McGonagall)

Anyone who claims that month
Doesn't have a rhyme
Is a Cunth

 
exnihilo
657839.  Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:14 am Reply with quote

It's not a meaningless question. When a word is said to have no rhyme that means it has no perfect rhyme. That's a clearly defined term.

 
WordLover
732424.  Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:22 am Reply with quote

exnihilo wrote:
Incidentally, there are a great many other English words with no rhyme.
The "One-syllable rhymes" section of that web page gives a list of just 22 words. This omits many unrhymable words which would need only a one-syllable rhyme, e.g.

airt
alb
albs
boyg
boygs
coif
culm
culmed
culms
doth
else
false
gouge
gouged
grilse
haves
kiln
kilns
morgue
morgues
sculsh
stilb
stilbs
warmth
welshed
whilst
wolfed

The list includes "fugued"; I wonder what rhymes with "fugue(s)".

Some of that list's examples don't work in all accents.

Among that list's examples:
* "karsts" rhymes with e.g. "fasts" in a non-rhotic accent
* "gulf" and "wolf" rhyme with each other in an accent with the FOOT-STRUT merger

 
Dr. Know
732429.  Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:54 am Reply with quote

WordLover wrote:

doth


cloth?

 
samivel
732435.  Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:08 am Reply with quote

Morgue/s rhymes with borg/s, a common shortening of cyborg/s. And with that former tennis player and pants designer.

 
suze
732449.  Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:18 am Reply with quote

Dr. Know wrote:
cloth?


No. For most speakers, doth has the same vowel as does, and hence nearly rhymes with words such as buff, duff, and rough.

Of the other words on WL's list, I can posit rhymes for a few of them:

culm - there was a race car driver from New Zealand, now deceased, called Denny Hulme, and he did pronounce his name to rhyme with culm (i.e. he was not "hyoom".) There's also an NZ novelist called Keri Hulme, who I believe was related to him; I'm unsure how she pronounces her surname. A proper name though, so not really allowed.
else - there is a sort of catfish called the wels (Silurius glanis). I believe this is pronounced as "velse".
fugue - the joug was a Scottish unit of liquid measure in medieval times; it was about three pints. There were also jougs, which were instruments of torture, but you needed a pair of them and there is no singular.
morgue - org must be close to dictionaries by now, what with its use on the Internet.

 
Dr. Know
732450.  Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:21 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Dr. Know wrote:
cloth?


No. For most speakers, doth has the same vowel as does, and hence nearly rhymes with words such as buff, duff, and rough.



Oh, It's always been as it's spelled to me. I've only ever heard it spoken that way.

 
soup
732474.  Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:59 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:


No. For most speakers, doth has the same vowel as does, and hence nearly rhymes with words such as buff, duff, and rough.



I musn't be like most speakers then doth does rhyme with cloth to me.

Don't know IPA but the pronounciation would be along the lines of
Doth=Dawth

Cloth= Clawth

 
Spoilt Victorian
732477.  Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:25 pm Reply with quote

doth, cloth, broth, moth all rhyme to me.

 

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