Borange, florange, gorange, shmorange….. Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard the saying many times, and it’s true: Nothing actually rhymes with the word orange. Now the first time you heard of this there is no doubt your first reaction was to try to think of something that did, in fact, rhyme with orange. As this fact became commonly dictated, many people attempted to challenge this and rebutted that it is not entirely impossible to use orange in rhyming scenarios if you really think about it. In an interview with rapper, Eminem, he argues that there are all sorts of things that “rhyme” with orange:
When people say that nothing rhymes with orange, they really mean that nothing rhymes perfectly with orange. But not all rhymes are necessarily perfect or identical. Poets and writers often rely on use of oblique rhymes (near rhymes) when producing creative writing. Near rhymes are words that sound similar although they do not produce the exact same ending sound:
chase – mate
sewing – coin
chimp – stint
These near rhymes are used quite frequently and, when reading poetry or listening to songs, we often don’t even notice when an imperfect rhyme is being used because they sound more-or-less the same. In fact, it might surprise you to learn that silver, purple, husband, & laundry all also have no perfect or identical rhyme. BUT that shouldn’t hold us back from using them.
If you get creative, all of these words can be used in rhyme. For example :
God love him
Turned our whites all purple
Even my favorite girdle
To say he’s sorry
He bought me silver
Wrecked the laundry
But I’ll forgive ‘er
And the list of rhyme-less words does not end here: angry, elbow, bulb, pizza, diamond, golf, citrus, iron, reptile, olive ALL do not have perfect or identical rhymes. And there’s MORE…way more; seriously. Look it up if you don’t believe me.
Case in point, you can rhyme ANY word if you really want to. Although I personally would advise against trying to rhyme orange in a poem or song to avoid the irony (unless that’s what you’re going for), all of these words without rhyme do not need to be avoided just because they might be a little more challenging; rather, we should step up to the challenge and not be limited by rules!
Nothing rhymes with poetry.