To rhyme the unrhymable rhyme

The three 'classic' cases

There are three well-known unrhymable words in the English language. Curiously, all are colour-related. The words are: purple, orange, silver. Here we attempt to demonstrate that such rhyming is possible.

Purple: The following illustrative little ditty is offered:

    If you find your face goes purple
      'cos of poor digestion,
    then you'll find a good big burp'll
      ease your consternation.

Orange: We simply observe that, in Yorkshire, orange rhymes naturally with doorhinge. Southerners are invited to repent of their myopic, regionalist presuppositions!

    Paint yeller on't woodwork, young feller,
    but orange, mi laddie, on't dor'inge.

Silver: This one is more of a challenge. Here is a rather contrived, quack-Shakespearean idea, with a layout to demonstrate its working.

    Though mere plate,
    the gaudy-coated silver
    doth exude
    an air of shrill ver-
    isimilitude.
In a real poem the layout would probably use longer lines; in this example our 'silver' rhyme is demoted to being internal.
    ... though mere plate,
    the gaudy-coated silver doth exude
    an air of shrill verisimilitude.
Other suggestions are hereby solicited.

Additional unrhymable words

Michael Sadgrove, recently retired Dean of Durham (and the inspiration behind this little poem) has brought four more words to my attention for which there appear to be no true rhymes: wasp, tungsten, peckish, parquet.

Suggestions are hereby solicited.


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Last updated: 19 January 2016