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Alexx
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PostPosted: 16-Apr-09 13:40  Reply with quote

Hello, I just found in the internet this sentence:

"No word rhymes with orange, purple, or silver."

Could you try to find some rhymes and verify this?
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PostPosted: 16-Apr-09 13:50  Reply with quote

Define "to rhyme". While I'd consider for ex. "orange - storage" a perfectly valid rhyme, somebody else might say they're not close enough.
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PostPosted: 16-Apr-09 16:20  Reply with quote

To me, a word that "rhymes" with another is one that sounds the same but is different e.g. pound/sound; crowd/allowed/aloud/cloud etc). The same, or similar spelling, does not necessarily make a rhyme in English (e.g. "cough/bough/through/though" are all pronounced differently - isn't English great Laughing ?)

As for the examples given by Alexx:

I have come across the word "chilver" (rhymes with silver) before now, which is a female lamb.

I have heard people use a Scottish word "hirple" (rhymes with purple) and that means "to limp".

I have never heard anyone use a real word that rhymes with orange. That is not to say that one does not exist Wink
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PostPosted: 16-Apr-09 16:40  Reply with quote

I think I would have to agree
orange, purple, and silver seem to have no words that rhyme....certainly none that come to my mind.

Something like these might be the closest you could get

on the table, an orange,
so alone, so forlorn

I took from my quiver,
an arrow, it was silver
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PostPosted: 16-Apr-09 17:09  Reply with quote

Alexx wrote:
Hello, I just found in the internet this sentence:

"No word rhymes with orange…

scavenge, hinge, singe

How do you pronounce “challenge”? As /ˈtʃælɪndʒ/ or as /ˈtʃæləndʒ/?

Quote:
…purple…

carpal, Miss Marple

But I would be satisfied even with:

apple, sample, example, maple


Quote:
…silver.

revolver? culver?
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PostPosted: 16-Apr-09 17:15  Reply with quote

Alexx wrote:
Hello, I just found in the internet this sentence:

"No word rhymes with orange, purple, or silver."

Could you try to find some rhymes and verify this?


Roger Miller tried in his song "Dang Me":

Roses are red and violets are purple
Sugar is sweet and so is maple syruple
I was the seventh out of seven sons
My pappy was a pistol
I'm a son of a gun.

But I don't think that qualifies either Very Happy
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PostPosted: 16-Apr-09 18:59  Reply with quote

According to definitions I have found, the vowel sound and the following consonant sounds have to be the same in order for words to technically rhyme.

http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/virtualit/poetry/rhyme_def.html
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PostPosted: 16-Apr-09 19:17  Reply with quote

they did this on QI (tv show)..

Curple rhymes with purple.. It's a part of the equipment you need for horse riding... but the others I can't confirm or deny by myself!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/richard_winskill/213065994


And to simply cheat and check wikipedia:


silver /ˈ-ɪlvɚ/, rhymes with chilver, a female lamb, and the given name Wilver.

orange /ˈ-ɒrɨndʒ/, rhymes with Blorenge, a hill in Wales, and Gorringe, a family name, and for some people sporange

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_without_rhymes


scrimshaw wrote:

Something like these might be the closest you could get

on the table, an orange,
so alone, so forlorn

I took from my quiver,
an arrow, it was silver


Hee hee, you must have some seriously interesting pronunciation of those words.
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PostPosted: 17-Apr-09 0:01  Reply with quote

Now I did mention there that those were the best I could think of, Very Happy , since there are really very few alternatives.

The orange...forlorn....was to try to capture the similar 'orn' sounds in the words.

quiver...silver...yea,,very questionable


and for purple, people have to distort words, or try to create a new word.

I guess those are three words the poets try to avoid.
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PostPosted: 17-Apr-09 4:05  Reply with quote

part of the problem with rhymes is accents..

a lot of people around here pronounce orange sort of like arnč, others pronounce it like arenč or orenč (sort of Czech spelling but the č is not quite right - has more of an English j or jah sound) so finding a rhyme depends on how you say the word in the first place Confused


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