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Refractory Rhymes


Ralph G. Beaman


In his syndicated column of November 12, 1974, L. M. Boyd issued the following challenge to his readers:
Our Language Man once reported that "silver", "spirit" and "chimney" are words that do not rhyme with any other words. To that brief list, he now adds "liquid", "window" and "carpet". Any others?
Well, Mr. Language Man, if you insist upon a ready-made word from Webster's Unabridged rhyming with any of these, the task is very likely impossible. But who said that rhymesters had to be restricted to single words?