Rhyming words are words that have the same or similar ending sound. However, most of the rhymes that you might think are rhymes, are actually not. You might think that wolf and shelf are rhyming words, but as per the actual rules of rhyme, they do not.
To understand rhyming words better, we need to first understand what causes some people to believe some words rhyme with some words while the same words do not appear to rhyme with others. There are three main factors for this:
- Forced rhyming
There are 2 main types of rhymes – perfect and identical rhymes. A perfect rhyme is a pair of rhyming words that have the final stressed vowel sound and the sounds that follow it completely identical. For example, pickle and tickle are perfect rhymes. Some other examples of perfect rhymes include sun and gun, dead and head, bed and said, lead and steed, etc.
Identical rhymes are even more perfect than perfect rhymes. A pair of words are said to be identical rhymes when the consonant sound before the final stressed vowel sound between two words is also identical. For example, gun and begun, flammable and inflammable, done and undone, even and uneven, etc.
By this definition, orange, a word that is often considered as not having a rhyming word, does have a perfect rhyme – Blorenge, which is the name of a hill in Wales. Similarly, silver also has a perfect rhyme – chilver, a female lamb. It is just that these words are so obscurely out of context that they are not used together. Not a lot of monosyllabic words are without a perfect rhyme. It is estimated that there are only about a hundred words that do not rhyme with anything, like wolf, sixth, depth, film, etc. However, even if orange did not have a rhyme, there would be nothing unique about it. Most words in the English language do not rhyme with anything. For example, husband, empty, comment, liquid, penguin, sandwich, etc.
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