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January 12, 2005


Submerging for the next three days (chapters to edit; pieces to write). Consider this an open thread to play in while I'm busy trying to salvage my writing career. Starter topic: Why aren't there any words that rhyme with orange? Feel free to free-associate from there or ignore it entirely.

Posted by john at January 12, 2005 12:50 AM

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Rob | January 12, 2005 01:20 AM

> Why aren't there any words that rhyme with orange?

Well, obviously it means that the English language is incomplete. It's left for an exercise for writers to coin a new word that fits.

Steve Eley | January 12, 2005 01:36 AM

That exercise sounds borange.

Scott Elyard | January 12, 2005 01:43 AM


Kafkaesquí | January 12, 2005 03:25 AM

Flange comes close.

Perhaps we just need to start pronouncing it "correctly."

Burns! | January 12, 2005 03:47 AM

John Mayer did a song called "George's Blues":
"I like to eat an orange
With my friend George Malakornge
I like to eat an orange
With my friend George Malakornge
So juicy sweet, so good to eat,
An orange with George Malakornge"
Dammit! Why can't I format line breaks?

Burns! | January 12, 2005 03:48 AM

Well, what do you know?
Perhaps I can.

Mris | January 12, 2005 07:22 AM

The one I heard about rhyming orange is:
Eating an orange
While making love
Makes for bizarre enj-
oyment thereof.

But I don't remember who wrote it.

Jon | January 12, 2005 09:48 AM

For the last few years, I've been trying to work "splorange" into the vernacular.

splorange n., A word created to rhyme with a second word which has no natural rhymes.

Help me out, if you can. You don't even have to credit me for it.

Tripp | January 12, 2005 09:56 AM


"Doorhinge," was that by Asimov, or maybe Ellison?

Uncle.Chachi | January 12, 2005 11:16 AM

C-Flange comes even closer than flange!

Uncle.Chachi | January 12, 2005 11:17 AM

C-Flange comes even closer than flange!

Brian Greenberg | January 12, 2005 11:38 AM

There are no words that rhyme with "silver" either.

I think we should hearby declare that for now on, "orange" rhymes with "silver."

Kills two birds with one stone...

Q | January 12, 2005 12:06 PM

If we start pronouncing Orange "correctly"... how will we pronounce the word "correctly"? Incidentally, what rhymes with correctly anyways?

Tripp | January 12, 2005 12:25 PM

" . . . what rhymes with correctly anyways?"

How about "seven lost castaways?"

Here on Gilligan's Aisle (sic).

Noel | January 12, 2005 01:20 PM

I'm pretty sure that the "Eating an orange" rhyme is from Tom Lehrer. Not one of his songs -- he was challenged to rhyme "orange" in an interview once..

Liz Gorinsky | January 12, 2005 03:03 PM

I actually wrote a (mostly intentionally awful) sonnet on this very topic. It’s so fitting that I can’t resist reproducing it here, but please, please don’t shoot me:

The things that poets oft describe--
Like skies and roses, trees and sunset--
Need names the rhyme scheme can transcribe.
Absent rhymes may stunt one's content.
One way to render lyrical expression,
Is talk of colors, dreams, and kissing.
How can a poet polish her profession,
When words she needs are stubborn; missing?
In all my days, there stands out one offender,
The harshest barrier 'tween mind and tongue.
Tigers, pumpkins, leaves in late November,
Must all their hue and pallor go unsung.
A revelation long by poets rued:
You want to talk of orange? Ha! You're screwed.

(Apologies if the line breaks don't come through. I'm guessing from a previous comment that they might, but it sure doesn't look like it in the preview.)

John Scalzi | January 12, 2005 03:12 PM

Ha! I like it. Thanks, Liz.

delagar | January 12, 2005 08:47 PM

In NW Arkansas, "porridge" rhymes with "orange."

You're gone to just have to take my word for it, I'm afraid, unless you can find an Arkie to say the words for you.

tem2 | January 12, 2005 11:36 PM

Orange doesn't have to rhyme with anything. Orange rhymes with itself.

GSLamb | January 12, 2005 11:39 PM


deborahb | January 13, 2005 04:37 AM


Especially if you have a cold.

"Pease pass me duh awrange lawrzanges. Tank u."

Purple lover | October 8, 2005 01:52 PM

purple or month dont have ryming partners ethier

Warwick Hunt | October 11, 2005 04:58 PM

SILVER rhymes with CHILVER !!!!! Chilver is a name for a female lamb you numpties.....

Warwick Hunt | October 11, 2005 05:00 PM

PURPLE rhymes with HURPLE !!!! To hurple means to limp or drag ones foot....... Good grief, do you lot not know ANYTHING about the English language ?

rockwood | December 11, 2005 05:01 AM

rhyming the word orange is easier than most might think, if your trying to find a direct rhyme one could say there is no rhyme if your thinking you have to have the OR and the ANGE but rhyming happens when you use the same sounding syllable, so if you rhyme the OR or the ANGE sound it would fit, therefor a perfect rhyme for orange would be...
Oranges don't grow well in Portand Oragon but grow very well in Orlando Florida.
other words that rhyme with "ORANGE"
One more rhyme.
I knew a guy who every day eat an ORANGE,
after two years his hair and skin began to CHANGE,
that's right they turned ORANGE,
a young boy saw him and said YOUR STRANGE.

As for the word SILVER here are a few.
Thank you for indulging me, I've been concidering this for some time as a song writer this has come up in conversation a time or two.

Anonymous | January 18, 2006 09:52 PM

Orange rhymes with lozenge, boring, forage, porridge, and door hinge

Megan | January 18, 2006 09:54 PM

orange - lozenge, boring, forage, porridge, door-hinge
silver - filter, shiver, filler, deliver, liver
purple - Steve Urkel, whirlpool, urinal
month - dunce, hunts, moth, runt
ninth - mine, lines, absinth, labyrinth
pint - ain't, paint, might
wolf - gulf, fur, enough, dull
opus - flow this, rope is, Lupus, lotus, bogus, psychosis
dangerous - onerous, cameras, game to us, spontaneous
marathon - care what's on, dandruff song, Dara's wrong, Santa's con
discombobulate - the disco they love to hate, Crisco ovulate, risky even on a date, Sisqo's rollerblades

Frank | March 17, 2006 07:57 AM

If someone would put up some coins
I'd try to find a rhyme for orange.

mustangman | March 24, 2006 09:08 PM

Doesn't pilfer come close close enough to rhyming with silver.

camden | March 24, 2006 10:43 PM


Baylee | April 27, 2006 07:22 PM

Well, I have a question. What ryhmes with twelve? I mean i can't find anything! Please help me find one!

CowMan | June 18, 2006 08:23 AM

Delve rhymes with twelve.

stephenie | July 18, 2006 06:22 PM

you guys have too much time on your hands haha.

Brenda Lomax | October 6, 2006 02:47 PM


NOYB | November 2, 2006 01:12 PM

door hinge rhymes with orange! lol

NOYB | November 2, 2006 01:15 PM

orange is like the most useless word in the world. it's only good for a fruit and a color. goop is a weird word. (to me)

Raymond Charles Brandes | November 30, 2006 01:52 PM

Wonderful comments. My classmates and instructor will love to see some of your examples. Thank you, and Have a Happy!


chris johnston | February 26, 2007 10:30 AM

i love aliens

chris johnston | February 26, 2007 10:30 AM

i love aliens

Anonymous | February 28, 2007 01:23 PM

Orange- Blorenge (A Mountain in Whales), and yes sporange (a sac where spores are made)

Silver- Wilver (a nickname), and Chilver (a ewe)

kim | March 11, 2007 03:52 PM

what rhymes with twelve?

Karl | March 11, 2007 05:33 PM

Delve rhymes with twelve
Gorringe (a surname) rhymes with Orange.

Stacy | March 24, 2007 11:54 AM

i need a word that ryhmes with twelve. it's for a cheer.

emily | April 17, 2007 02:05 PM

i am looking for something to rhyme with twelve too! and also unique????

John Scalzi | April 17, 2007 02:08 PM

Twelve? Shelve.

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