We have fun when we rhyme. The rhymes we create or listen to can have a beat and a flow that anyone can tap their feet to. Some rhymes are a part of a unique story that's memorable. Rhymes are fun ways to learn more words, too!
What makes rhyming so fun? Putting words together that flow in a creative way gives us a break from the mundane conversations we have on a regular basis. It's interesting to pair words together that you don't normally think of. Conceal and repeal. Quake and stake. The list goes on and on.
The best writers, rappers and poets can come up with rhymes that make us see words in ways we hadn't thought of before. Their lively rhymes divert our brains and entertain us.
Here's your chance to test your vocabulary and your rhyming skills at the same time. Choose between two or three words and tell us if they rhyme. Discover words that you never thought did rhyme but actually do. Find words that you would think rhyme but actually don't. You will be reminded just how many exceptions there are to every spelling rule. Take this quiz and rediscover how much fun words can actually be!
An actor can do a dialogue or a monologue. Do dialogue and monologue rhyme?
The last five letters are the same and are pronounced the same. The -ue is silent in both. The -logue ending refers to different forms of speech, written and oral.
The spellings can lead you to think they rhyme, but they are pronounced differently. Heard sounds like bird, and beard sounds like steered. I feared my beard would grow long and weird, but when it did, the crowd cheered for my weird beard.
Another word whose spelling may throw you off. Mead has a long -e sound, and thread has a short -e sound. I put my cup of mead on the floor by my bed. But when I dropped my thread I hit my head on my cup of mead! That I did not need!
Dead doesn't rhyme with bead and deed. The -ea in dead sounds like short -e instead of long -e, like in bead and deed. The deed included a steed who was a beautiful breed. Since I can't ride a horse, where will that lead?
I don't want to lose my dose of rose. Do lose, dose, and rose rhyme?
They look the same but don't sound the same. The -s in lose and rose sounds like a -z, and the -s in dose actually sounds like an -s. I know many pros who know their prose from their head to their toes who can tell you that a "rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Shimmy, stymie and slimy: Do all three words rhyme?
Shimmy doesn't rhyme with stymie and slimy. Shimmy has a short -i sound, while stymie and slimy have a long -i sound. Stymie became a part of the English language in the 19th century as a golf term referring to one player's ball blocking another player's.
Don't be fooled by the flipped letters at the end. They still rhyme. The phrase will-o'-the wisp refers to a flaming light that some travelers would follow, and it would get them sidetracked in a field.
You may hold a rein if you reign, but make sure it doesn't rain on you. Do reign, rein and rain rhyme?
All three words have the same long -a sound. The -ei in reign and rein sound like the -a in rain. The -g is the silent, strong type again. Reign is a Middle English word that came from an Old French word, "reignier." Rein also comes from an Old French word, "rene."
Gnarl and crawl: Can you tell if these words rhyme?
The end sounds for these two words don't rhyme. The -r is pronounced in gnarl, and the -w is pronounced in crawl. The coyote snarled by the gnarled tree. The squall slowed to a crawl, Then, the coyote curled into a ball by the gnarled tree.
Colonel is pronounced "kernel." Yes, it's very logical. Colony is pronounced the way it is spelled. Did you know that the word colonel is borrowed from the French word coronel? The French borrowed it the from the Italian, colonello. The word, colony comes from the Latin word, colonia. These words are well-traveled, aren't they?
Don't get soot on your suit: Do these words rhyme?
Soot is pronounced with a short u and suit is pronounced with a long u. Yes, two Os together make a -u sound. Don't go barefoot if you're walking in soot. If you're wearing a suit, you might be better off with a boot.
You may have to climb to get a sublime piece of thyme: Can you tell if climb, sublime and thyme sound the same?
All three words end with the same sound. The -b in limb has pleaded the fifth and is silent. If you get some time, find some thyme. If you get some time, find a mountain. Take a climb! The view and the time will be sublime.
Their endings are pronounced the same. The -i in devil sounds like the -e in revel. If you get to a certain level, you might get to revel. But make sure you don't fail, because the devil is in the detail!
Ballet is another French loaner. The letters -e and -t in ballet are silent, and in mallet they are pronounced. I could sway to the music of ballet. Now, I'm hungry and want some shallot for my palate. But I only have a mallet!
The ending vowel sound in colleague is a long e. The ending vowel sound in segue is long a. Plus, there's an extra -w sound for fun in segue. This word dates back to the 18th century and comes from Italian. Colleague comes from French and Latin.
Both words have the same ending sound. The -d in porridge is silent, and the -a in storage sounds like the -i in porridge. The bears had to forage for porridge. They just didn't realize there was a shortage!