Rhyme, rhyme, I need a rhyme

Today’s Zits has Jeremy boxing himself into a corner:

Oh my, a musical book report. On The Great Gatsby. Jeremy should have thought ahead.

Popular belief is that words without (perfect) rhymes are extraordinary, but in fact they’re pretty common, as Mark Liberman noted on Language Log several years ago.

Back on November 29th, Peter Salus posted on rhyme issues on Google+, in a note directed to me:

I note that Acelor-Mittal has several mills in Florange, Arnold.  Is this a rhyme for orange?

(Orange is one of those words famously lacking a perfect rhyme.)

Florange, for the record, is a commune in the Moselle department in Lorraine in north-eastern France (link), in the news in November over a dispute between France and steelmaker ArcelorMittal over the company’s site there.

Florange and orange are perfect rhymes in French, of course, but Florange seems not to have been nativized in English, so it’s only a very distant half-rhyme for English orange. Somewhat surprisingly, there seems to be no place in Florida portmanteauly named Florange; someone should found one, if only for the sake of rhymers. (And, yes, Calorange in California is missing, too. Place namers take note.)

 

2 Responses to “Rhyme, rhyme, I need a rhyme”

  1. Julian Lander Says:

    But I would pronounce “Calorange” with its accent on the first syllable, a schwa in the second, and a secondary accent on the third. So it wouldn’t rhyme with “orange” anyway. I’ll just stick to bananas for rhyming.

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