Rhymes with "orange"

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon May 1 17:34:08 UTC 2006

On May 1, 2006, at 10:25 AM, Sally Donlon wrote:

> OK, back to "chamber."
> How about:
> The killer checked the chamber,
> Found a bullet primed and waiting.
> He fired, didn't kill but maimed her,
> And ran off into the sunlight fading.
> Close enough for rock-and-roll?

*exactly* close enough for rock-and-roll.  /emb at r/ vs. /emd at r/, with /
b/ and /d/ matched in half-rhyme -- of just the sort i've studied in
the practice of rock musicians (others have since explored these
things more fully).  it's "feature rhyme", in this case involving a
single-feature difference between the consonants.

("waiting" vs. "fading" depends on your dialect, of course.)


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