So [this post] from Laura Wattenberg's "Baby Name Wizard" blog has a wonderful observation: > Here's a little pet peeve of mine: nothing rhymes with orange. You've > heard that before, right? Orange is famous for its rhymelessness. > There's even a comic strip called "Rhymes with Orange." Fine then, let > me ask you something. What the heck rhymes with purple? > >
If you stop and think about it, you'll find that English is jam-packed with rhymeless common words. What rhymes with empty, or olive, or silver, or circle? You can even find plenty of one-syllable words like wolf, bulb, and beige. Yet orange somehow became notorious for its rhymelessness, with the curious result that people now assume its status is unique.