The English language has many words that have no rhyme. Besides the above, other words include ninth, pint, wolf, opus, dangerous, marathon, and discombobulate.
For those who find themselves in a language kerfuffle when pining to rhyme, a slanted rhyme can sometimes carry the verse.
Bronze, plus some silver and gold,
Won’t be of help if you shiver when cold.
Equestrians may be familiar with the word curple, a corrupted form of the Scottish word crupper which means the hindquarters or rump of a horse. Though this word in fact rhymes with purple, it is largely out of use.
Another slang word, nurple – as in a purple nurple, is a rhyming derivation of the words nipple and purple and, in practice, a very painful prank. We shall see if Webster’s deigns to bring this twisted combination into the fold of notable language in the future.
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