19 Words Without Rhymes

According to MentalFloss –

Rappers and poets take note: Most people have heard there are no words that rhyme with “orange.” But according to Dictionary.com, there are 19 words in the English language that have no perfect rhyme. Related Fact: The words are angst, bulb, cusp, film, gulf, kiln, oblige, opus, orange, pint, plankton, rhythm, silver, yttrium, depth, breadth, width, month and glimpsed. Can you think of any they missed? Or can you find a perfect rhyme for one of these 19?

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7 Responses to “19 Words Without Rhymes”


  1. 1 going back to my ex May 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

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  2. 2 Personaaaaaa October 26, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Algorithm already rhymes with rhythm.

  3. 3 Coinmaster June 4, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Way to go, Flimflam.

    However, a quadrhythm is just too bulky for such small amounts And rarely does one see “40 unit” coins. (Spanish Philippines and Danish Virigin Islands, had had 40 “cent” units, I think.)

    However, rhythym rhymes with KWITHYM (quythym?) and that could be a Quarter-Pense coin! Copper-nickel, 3.5-4 grams, wavy edge, half a “husp” [50 hunths] of 7-8 grams, also 75% copper 35% nickel alloy, also with a wavy edge. (The small 2.064 g pense has wavy edge but is smaller by half again, not to confuse folks)

    So, I ‘officially” include a 16th coin in the series…

    KWITHYM rhyhmes with rhythm: 1/4 pense = 25h = 0.25 P or 1/4 P
    half the weight of a husp, with same composition and edge.

    (I spell it with kw to differetiate it from quinte [rhymes pint] and quarter-tilver. All four start with kw sound, but each ends very differently, so they won’t be confused in speech.)

    PS: 16 coins sounds too many, it goes from small to over a weeks wage for some folks (at 2 pense per hour for basic weeders?) In the period 1800-1933 both the UK & US had many coins circulating:

    $20 $10 $5 $3 $2.50 $1 gold; silver $1, 50c, 25c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 3c; nickel 5c & 3c; copper 1c, 1/2c, (1/4c proposed not minted)

    L5, L2, L1, L1/2 gold; 5s, 2’6, 2s, 1s, 6d, 4d, 3d, 2d, 1-1/2d,
    1d silver;2d,1d,1/2d,1/4d bronze (and huge 2d copper carwheels!)

    thanks for the idea, Flimflam.

  4. 4 Flimflam June 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    “new rhyme break OUT for old rhythm.” – for second last line, ty.
    (it’s out, not “our” -clearly a typo.)

    Yes, now I hear YOUR APPLAUSE… or your rotten applesauce?

  5. 5 Flimflam June 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I got rhythm, I got music.
    I’m a poet,
    but “rhythm” never did rhyme.

    Years I struggled, with this myst’ry,
    never got far,
    it lacks rhymes’ fine history.

    I once had angst, now it’s just hangst –
    found an answer,
    here it is folks…

    I got music, I got rhythm
    See the light now,
    new rhyme breaks our for old rhythm,
    make change for my orange quadrhythm!

    PS: I hearyour applause… or… (Stop groaning. I tried!)
    No, you cannot throw rotten tomatoes thought the internet!

    Oh, yes, it’s just short on rhythm.

  6. 6 Flimflam June 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Quadrhythm might be a 40h large copper coin in the TILVER SYSTEM
    about 12 grams, like an old huge penny in UK (before 1860s, when they got smaller, but still a large copper penny until 1970s.)

    And it would rhyme with rhythm! Meaning four coppers/oranges.

    Go for an even dozen of rhyming words!

    (Hey, what rhymes with dozen?
    Oh… cousin. That was simple.)

  7. 7 Coinmaster June 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    One more rhymeless word is purple. (Curple is hind quarters of a horse in some odd old dictionaries, but almost never used now.)

    HERE ARE SOLUTIONS TO “IMPOSSIBLE” RHYMES. But first….

    We need to put an end to the paper money and usury-debt banking fraud, and return to original (Bible) “money” is keceph = silver.
    So I propose minting coins of a troy ounce and smaller units, with the following names that also solve many rhyme problems!

    TILVER [rhymes with silver] is a large silver coin containing a net one ounce troy of silver, like the thaler or taler or daler of old Europe. Mint it in 0.920 fine stirling silver, with a gross weight of 33.808 grams. There would also be HALF-TILVER and QUARTER-TILVER COINS (16.904g & 8.452 g) – the three being larger than an old US silver dollar, half & quarter. (Remember silver had MUCH more value than today, when we actually used silver as money! Resume such valuation relative to work. For example: 1/50 Tilver per hour as basic labor rate for the lowest young weeders one might see in Mississippi or Mozambique, sounds about right. based on wages in 1900. So 1/50 tilver would be two pense, a small low-silver-clad coin…

    Let one Tilver equal 100 PENSE (singular & plural).
    And one Pense equal 100 HUNTHS (hundredths) – rhymes with months!

    Here are more coins to mint…

    TULF is 10 pense: ten-units of light fabrication. Not stirling, but 50% silver alloy, weighing 6.22 grams; it’s just under a US silver quarter size. Tulf rhymes with gulf (and golf).

    QUINTE is 5 pense (3.11 grams, 50% silver) and rhymes with pint! Plural quintes rhymes with pints. (You ought to be able to buy a pint of your favorite bubbly for about a quinte!) {quint=5 Latin}

    Next we need to have (low silver alloy) billion-clad coins for small pense coins. Billon: 36% Silver, 9% manganese, 55% copper, similar to US World War II five-cents. (Billon used by ancient empoerors when debasing their coinage!) “Billon-clad-brass”= BCB for these small pense units…

    THIRPLE is 3 pense (three-pense) and rhymes with purple.

    DOPUS is 2 pense (double/duo-pense)and rhymes with opus.

    PENSE is the smallest BCB coin with net 1/100 ounce troy silver.

    (Let 1 a pense be 0.864 grams of silver billon cladding over a 1.2 g brass core, being a bit smaller than a silver US dime. A dopus and thriple would have x2 and x3 as much weight. Total weights are: 2.064 grams, 4.128g and 6.192g. Let the thirple have three sides and rounded corners. Let the dopus be square with rounded corners, and round pense have wavy edge. Easy to differentiate!)

    HUSP is a half-pense. (Copper-nickel. About 8 grams like a newer Canada small nickel 50c, rarely seen now.) It rhymes with cusp.

    DULB is 20 hunths (20h = 1/5 P = 0.20 P). It’s a “double” copper coin (about 6 grams copper, like old US 2c) and rhymes with bulb.

    FORANGE is a full-orange (copper) 10 hunths (10h). It’s about 2.5-3.2 grams, the size of recent US/Canada copper cent coins. It rhymes with orange. At last a rhyme for this famous toughie!

    HANGST is a half-orange copper coin of 5 hunths (1.5 grams tiny!)
    It rhymes with angst. (About the smallest coin to buy any thing, and you would certainly not have angst over this amount!)

    BILM is a 2 h coin {binary, aluminum} Bilm rhymes with film.(Aluminum, holed, around 1.5 gram, diameter a bit larger than a US nickel 5c, but much lighter!)

    HUNTH is 1 h, one hundredth of a silver pense. Smallest unit (aluminum holed coin, about 0.75 gram) Hunth rhymes with month. Plural: hunths, rhymes with months. Not much value in a hunth!

    Remember with wages are far lower than today (because silver is actually quite scarce and currently under-valued for money) one hunth signals a modest change in price for small items. It’s a useful unit to have; but by itself it may buy only a few grains of wheat, barley, corn, etc.

    So we now have coins rhyming eleven “rhymeless” words!

    Silver (tilver, and 1/2 or 1/4 tilver coins); silvers (tilvers)
    Gulf/golf (tulf) Ten Units of silver: 10 pense (10.00P)
    Pint (quinte) 5 pense 5.00P)
    Purple (thirple) three pense 3P (3.00P)
    Opus (dopus)double pense 2P (2.00P)
    Cusp (husp) half-pense 1/2P (0.50P or 50 h)
    Bulb (dulb) double copper 20h (like old US 2c like)
    Orange (forange)= full “orange” (copper, cent-like) 10h
    Angst (hangst) half-copper (5h)
    Film (bilm) = binary aluminum (2h) aluminum coin, holed
    Month (hunth) 1h = 1/100 pense; Months rhymes (hunths)

    It works poetically, and rationally, once we repudiate and dump large but empty “numbers” of paper money debt! Put banksters out of business; let prospectors and many local miners make money.
    (Silver is often a biproduct of mining lead, zinc, copper too.)

    Comments welcome!


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