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This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole chris@questrel.questrel.com and Matthew Daly mwdaly@pobox.com with numerous contributions by others.

258 language/english/pronunciation/rhyme.p


What English words are hard to rhyme?

"Rhyme is the identity in sound of an accented vowel in a word...and
of all consonantal and vowel sounds following it; with a difference in
the sound of the consonant immediately preceding the accented vowel."
(From The Complete Rhyming Dictionary by Clement Wood). Appropriately
Wood says a couple of pages later, "If a poet commences, 'October is
the wildest month' he has estopped himself from any rhyme; since
"month" has no rhyme in English."

language/english/pronunciation/rhyme.s

Unless noted otherwise, all words occur in Webster's Ninth Collegiate
Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Springfield, MA, 1986.

NI3 = Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary
NI2 = Merriam-Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition
RHD = Random House Unabridged Dictionary
+ means slang, foreign, obsolete, dialectical, etc.

Word		Rhyme					Assonance
---------------	---------------------------------------	--------------------
aitch		brache (NI2+), taich (NI2+)		naish
angry		unangry (NI2+)				aggry
angst							lanx
beards		weirds
breadth							death
bulb							pulp
carpet		charpit
chimney		timne, polymny (NI2+)
cusp		wusp (NI2)				bust
depth							stepped
eighth							faith
else							belts
exit		direxit (RHD+)				sexist
fiends		teinds, piends
filched		hilched (NI3+), milched (NI2)		zilch
filth		spilth, tilth
fifth							drift
film		pilm (NI3+)				kiln
fluxed		luxed (NI3+), muxed (NI3+)		ducked
glimpsed						rinsed
gospel							hostile
gulf							pulse
jinxed		outminxed (?)				blinked
leashed		niched, tweesht (NI2+)
liquid							wicked
mollusk							smallest
mouthed		southed
month							grumph
mulcts							bulks
mulched		gulched (NI3+)				bulged
ninth							pint
oblige							bides
oomph		sumph (NI3+)
orange		sporange
pint		jint (NI2+)				bind
poem		phloem, proem
pregnant	regnant
purple		curple (NI3+), hirple (NI3+)
puss		schuss
rhythm		smitham
scalds		balds, caulds (NI3+), faulds (NI3+)
scarce		clairce (NI2), hairse (NI2+)		cares
sculpts							gulps
silver		chilver (NI3+)
sixth							kicks
spirit		squiret (NI2+)
tenth		nth					bent
tsetse		baronetcy, intermezzi, theetsee
tuft		yuft
twelfth							health
widow		kiddo
width							bridge
window		indo, lindo
wolf							bulls

 

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