English Words Without A Rhyme

Thanks to Ben Ross for starting this list (which contains more than 10 words, as you see) with ‘bulb’, ‘silver’, ‘purple’ and ‘month’. People started inventing silly words such as ‘nirple’ to try to refute some of these, and the dispute about whether lozenge rhymes with orange will never be settled.

1. Bottom “Pleasingly,” said Stig Abell.

2. Rhythm From Greg Callus, who also nominated “acrid”, which was accepted, and “balk”, which was not (it rhymes with “caulk”, as Matthew Bailey pointed out).

3. Chimney Nominated by Rob Davies.

4. False Tom Startup, who said he became “obsessed” with these.

5. Walrus Suggested by Citizen Sane, who also nominated “squadron”.

6. Width, depth, breadth From Alex Bigham. Which led us, via “sixth” (David Steele) to most ordinal numbers, such as “eighth”, “twelfth” and “hundredth” (Colin Forster).

7. Cushion From Welshornot.

8. Wasp Tom Startup, too.

9. Filth, filthy Tom Startup, three.

10. Angel Nominated by Ben Ross.

Originally published in the Independent on 4th January 2015.


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