Rhymes with "orange"

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue May 2 11:22:02 UTC 2006


Are you sure this is not



[sI at v@]



>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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>>Subject:      Re: Rhymes with "orange"
>>         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
>>         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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