rhyme for "purple"

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rhyme for "purple"

Post by pokoma » Mon Dec 04, 2006 12:59 am

Supposedly no word rhymes with "purple." Seems to me Ogden Nash wrote a poem that ends in "a burp'll." (a burp will).

Anybody have the rest of it?
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by gdwdwrkr » Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:30 am

Buck Owens' Dang Me includes the lyric, "Roses're red, 'n violets're purple. Sugar's sweet, 'n so's maple syrple."
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by pokoma » Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:59 am

Buck Owens may have recorded it, but Roger Miller made it a hit.
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by gdwdwrkr » Mon Dec 04, 2006 12:45 pm

OOPS, that's right it was Roger Miller! Dang.
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by hsargent » Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:53 pm

From the on-line rhyming dictionary.

One- and two-syllable End Rhymes of purple:

abel, able, actual, aerial, agile, aisle, amble, ample, anal, angel, angle, ankle, annual, annul, anvil, apple, april, artful, aural, austral, awful, axal, axil, axle, babble, babel, baffle, bagel, baleful, banal, baneful, bangle, barrel, basal, bashful, basil, battle, bauble, beadle, beagle, beetle, bengal, beryl, bestial, bethel, bevel, bible, blameful, blissful, blushful, boastful, bobble, boggle, boodle, bottle, bowel, bramble, brattle, brickle, bridal, bridle, brindle, bristle, bristol, brittle, brothel, brutal, bubble, buccal, buckle, bugle, bundle, bungle, burble, burgle, bursal, bushel, bustle, cable, cackle, camel, campbell, cancel, candle, capsule, caramel, careful, carnal, carol, carrel, carvel, castle, casual, cattle, caudal, caudle, causal, cecil, central, cereal, channel, chapel, chasmal, chattel, cheerful, chicle, chisel, chloral, choral, chordal, chortle, chuckle, circle, civil, clausal, cloistral, coastal, cobble, cockle, coddle, coital, colonel, consul, coral, 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penal, pencil, people, peril, personal, pestle, petal, petrel, petrol, phenyl, phial, phonal, phrasal, pial, pickle, piddle, piffle, pimple, pistil, pistol, plasmal, playful, pleural, plical, plural, pommel, poodle, popple, portal, postal, prattle, prayerful, pretzel, prickle, prideful, primal, puddle, puerile, pulpal, pummel, pupal, pupil, purl, purple, puzzle, quarrel, quibble, quintal, rabble, racial, raffle, ramble, rankle, rascal, rattle, ravel, real, rebel, rectal, regal, regnal, renal, rental, reptile, restful, retinal, revel, rhinal, rictal, riddle, riffle, rifle, rightful, ripple, ritual, rival, rouble, royal, rubble, ruble, ruddle, rueful, ruffle, rumble, rumple, runnel, rural, rustle, ruthful, sable, sacral, saddle, sample, samuel, sandal, satchel, scalpel, schedule, schnitzel, schnozzle, scleral, scornful, scoundrel, scrabble, scramble, scrapple, scribble, scrotal, scruple, scuffle, scull, sculptural, scurrile, scuttle, seasonal, sectile, semble, senseful, sentinel, seoul, 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temple, temporal, tendril, tensile, textile, thankful, thermal, thimble, thistle, thoughtful, threatful, throttle, tickle, tidal, timbale, tingle, tinkle, tinsel, tipple, title, tittle, toddle, toggle, toil, tonal, tonsil, topple, total, tottle, tousle, towel, trammel, trample, tranquil, travel, treacle, treadle, treble, tremble, trestle, trial, tribal, trickle, trifle, triple, trommel, trouble, trowel, truckle, truffle, truncal, trundle, trustful, truthful, tubal, tumble, tumbrel, tuneful, tunnel, turtle, tussle, twaddle, twattle, twiddle, twinkle, umbel, umbral, uncial, uncle, ural, urinal, useful, usual, vandal, vassal, venal, vengeful, ventral, verbal, vermeil, vernal, vessel, vestal, vial, victual, vigil, vinyl, viral, virgil, virile, visual, vital, vocal, vowel, vulval, waddle, waffle, waggle, wail, wailful, wakeful, wangle, wankel, warble, wassail, wasteful, wastrel, watchful, wattle, weasel, weevil, wheedle, whiffle, whistle, whittle, whorl, wiggle, wilful, willful, wimble, wimple, winkle, wishful, wistful, wobble, woeful, worthful, wrangle, wrathful, wrestle, wriggle, wrinkle, wrongful, yodel, yokel, youthful, yowl, zestful, zonal
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:08 pm

The only thing the words in your list have in common with 'purple', Harry, is the unstressed neutral vowel plus 'L' in the final syllable. In my book that is not enough to qualify as a rhyme -- you also need the vowel sound of the preceding syllable to be the same as the equivalent syllable in the word for which the rhyme is being sought. For instance, few would agree that 'spaniel' has anything in common with 'purple' apart from the final syllable. On the other hand, 'bundle' and 'trundle', or 'tackle' and 'hackle' (all taken from the list above), clearly rhyme. The list does not even contain any near-rhymes for 'purple' (an example of near-rhymes would be 'whistle', 'pistol' and 'wistful', which contain similar but not identical sounds in the final syllable).
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Post by pokoma » Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:42 pm

Thanks, Erik, you beat me to a reaction to the supposed list of rhymes. If a few common, final letter sounds qualified as rhymes, I'd have earned an A instead of a D- on my first -- and only -- attempt at writing a limerick, on Cyrano De Bergerac, in high school English.

Cyrano was a man of words.
His nose was shaped like gourds.
When Roxanne he wooed,
Was 23-skiddooed,
And gave way to another, in the Guards.

(Why do we remember inane tidbits like that instead of important things like the Periodic Table of the Elements or where we dropped the car keys?)

I'm still waiting for the Ogden Nash gem. Would anyone like to try an original?
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:36 am

Take Cyrano, a man of fine words
with a nose that was perched on by birds;
Take poor Christian, the mute friend who died;
Take Roxane, whom they wooed from their hide;
Take their loves, which were true but absurd.
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by pokoma » Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:57 pm

I checked a website called poemhunter.com, which was marginally helpful. It found only 1 Ogden Nash poem with the word "purple" but none with "burp'll." When I searched for that contraction by any poet, it brought up 1,000 instances of "'ll." ??? So I'm looking for a poem by someone else.

I ran across this one, however, in my personal collection:

"Shake, shake the ketchup bottle.
First none will come, and then a lot'll."
Richard Willard Armour
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Post by Edwin Ashworth » Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:56 pm

The Clantons' war with Wyatt Earp'll
Stain Dodge City deepest red.
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:24 am

Who attempts to Earp usurp'll
Shortly wake up good 'n' dead.
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by ColourSchemer » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:23 pm

It was claimed that none of the options rhyme with purple. Exact rhymes, perhaps not, but several are similar enough to purple as other well known rhyming words:

burble, burgle, crumble, crumple, gargle, hurtle, marble, puddle, ripple, staple, trample, umbral, verbal, warble.

Though they are not spelled *urple, their pronunciation, and the explosive central consonant (oft paired with the 'r') creates an auditory similarity at least as close as well-accepted rhyming words.

Have you discussed rhyming 'orange'
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by p. g. cox » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:51 pm

The closest I can come is spirtle. This was coined by T.E Lawrence in his book "The Mint". It was used to describe the sound of passing gas.."a loud spirtle of wind". I suppose it is derived from spirt or spurt. Just imagine, a purple spirtle.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:23 am

ColourSchemer,

What you have described are so-called 'near rhymes', of which some are nearer than others. How appropriate any one of them would be for a poet to use would necessarily depend on the context of its use and the effect that is desired there.
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rhyme for "purple"

Post by mandymaxwell » Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:05 pm

ok, my best effort:

In the wild, wild west
ya better be careful
or Wyatt Earp'll
whip you purple.

it's a tough one, but good challenge.
more please.
m
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