Rhymes with "orange"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 2 01:07:21 UTC 2006

As I mentioned recently, in BE

Old folk don't call cover 'kivver"
And the Lone Ranger don't call his white horse "Silver."

"kivver" and "Silver" rhyme, i.e. as [kI at v@] and [sI at v@].


On 5/1/06, Baker, John <JMB at stradley.com> wrote:
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>         For orange, at least, there's a classic nursery rhyme:
> What is the rhyme for porringer?
> What is the rhyme for porringer?
> The king he had a daughter fair
> And gave the Prince of Orange her.
>         It doesn't sound right to me to rhyme a word with itself, even
> if it's preceded with a prefix, such as quicksilver.  Silver, however,
> does have a rhyme:  chilver, a provincial English term meaning a
> ewe-lamb or one-year-old ewe, or ewe mutton (according to the Century
> Dictionary).
>         In addition to orange and silver, purple is a third color that
> is traditionally considered unrhymable, but Louis Sachar came up with
> this clever rhyme in Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger:
> The baby won't stop crying.
> His face is turning purple.
> Will anything make him feel better?
> I bet a burp'll.
> John Baker
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