We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More. There are many words in the English language which allegedly have no rhyme. I was wondering if there is a term to denote rhyme-less words i. Soup1 Jun In the February Word Ways, Maxey Brooke defines rhyme as "the identity in sound, of the accented vowels of words, usually the last one accented, and of all consonantal and vowel sounds following, with a difference in the sound of the consonants immediately preceding the accented vowels. Rhymes with the following consonants somewhat different are called vowel rhyme or assonance; rhymes with identical consonant sounds but slightly different vowel sounds are called off rhyme, sour rhyme, analyzed rhyme or consonance.
Rhymes for Words That Have No Rhyme
Are there any words without rhymes?
Thanks to Ben Ross for starting this list which contains more than 10 words, as you see with 'bulb', 'silver', 'purple' and 'month'. People started inventing silly words such as 'nirple' to try to refute some of these, and the dispute about whether lozenge rhymes with orange will never be settled. From Greg Callus, who also nominated "acrid", which was accepted, and "balk", which was not it rhymes with "caulk", as Matthew Bailey pointed out. From Alex Bigham. Which led us, via "sixth" David Steele to most ordinal numbers, such as "eighth", "twelfth" and "hundredth" Colin Forster.
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The following is a list of English words without rhymes , or refractory rhymes , i. They may not be considered rhymes if they are identical in those syllables—for instance, bay and obey often do not count as rhymes. The list was compiled from the point of view of Received Pronunciation and may differ from lists of words that do not rhyme in other accents or dialects. Multiple-word rhymes, self rhymes adding a prefix to a word and counting it as a rhyme of itself , and compound words have not been considered. Following the strict definition of rhyme , a perfect rhyme demands the exact match of all sounds from the last stressed vowel to the end of the word. Therefore, words with the stress far from the end are more likely to have no perfect rhymes. There are many words that match most of the sounds from the stressed vowel onwards and so are near rhymes, called slant rhymes. Ovulate, copulate, and populate, for example, vary only slightly in one consonant, and thus provide very usable rhymes for most situations in which a rhyme for discombobulate is desired. However, no other English word has exactly these three final syllables with this stress pattern. Because rhymes reflect pronunciation, words that rhyme in some English dialects may not rhyme in others.
And so does Blorenge , the name of a hill in south Wales. But even if proper nouns like surnames and place names are excluded, that still leaves sporange , an obscure name for the sporangium , which is the part of a plant that produces its spores. In fact, despite often finding their way onto lists of notoriously unrhymable words, all of the words listed here do have rhymes in English—just so long as bizarre dialect words and obscure scientific jargon are allowed.