The Wonder of Words

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From I have discovered that there are five everyday words that do not rhyme. I realize that some words are really difficult to find rhymes for, and I constantly use RhymeZone on the internet which is a really handy website when writing bush poetry. I was quite surprised though to discover these five words:-

You would probably not use this word at the end of a line but it is nevertheless an interesting word and may be worthy of further investigation into its origin.

This is also another interesting word and probably has several near rhymes, such as Wilbur or Eye Rhymes like liver but as far as I know there are no pure rhymes for this word.

My source, states that whilst there were words that rhymed with angle which is often misspelled or typed incorrectly for angel, there are no pure rhymes. This is a quite endearing word and it would be nice for it to have a rhyming companion.

Though such a common word this has a unique sound.

Another unusual word but used so much in our everyday speech. I find this is not a very nice sounding word.

There must be other words that do not rhyme perhaps you could take the time to find them; or perhaps you have some favourite words; words that, in your mind at least, conjure up a special image; if not onomatopoeia very close to it.

WORDS ADOPTED IN TO ENGLISH FROM OTHER LANGUAGES  – discussion topic. Contributors Dick Moody, Dot Church,

English is a language, which is rich in words adopted from other languages, although not often with the original pronunciation, and sometimes the meaning can stray from that of the original source language.  How many words can you contribute?? Leave out words with direct Latin and Greek derivations but look for more “exotic” ones. Let’s kick it off:-

German – kindergarten

French – bon mot; marionette; toilet;

Arabic – mask; masquerade

Spanish – quixotic; potato (possibly Spanish West Indies)

Persian – bazaar

Aztec – chocolate

Russian – sputnik

Sanskrit – jungle; serendipity (coined by Horace Walpole in a fairytale. Probably Sanskrit but linked to Ceylon;

Japanese – tycoon

Italian – grotto

Portuguese – apricot (possibly also Spanish, Arabic, French)

Greek – bankruptcy

Let’s have your contributions to expand the number of words of other languages represented in our current English language. To authenticate derivations we should quote reference sources too.  Over to our scholars!!


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