August 22, 2006

penguin penguin penguin penguin penguin

fa-so-la-la

(try saying that five times fast!)

...........

I always felt sorry for the word 'orange.' I mean, how dismal to be a word with no rhyme! I imagine it's rather like being an old maid. How lonesome it must get. And just think-- never once has it graced the end of a line of rhyming poetry. Never. Poor dear.

What makes this even sadder is that even most seemingly out-of-the-way words, such as obsequious and perforation, have their rhymes (loquacious and lamentation, respectively). But to compound the whole kettle of fish, even the word 'penguin', even this odd duck (if you'll permit a fowl-mixing metaphor) of the English language, has a rhyme.

And I'm thinking of it.

Can anyone guess what it is?

22 comments:

gabbie said...

sanguine?

Owl of the Desert said...

sequin?

Owl of the Desert said...

at least, I think that's how you spell it...one of those shiny things on a dress.

rachel tsunami said...

I'm with Gabbie. Sanguine was the first thing that came to mind.

Nardo said...

I don't know if this is pertinant but I have always found penguins to be a most fasinating breed of bird.

gabbie said...

the suspense is driving us mad!!!

HHomeboy said...

while life makes a penguin,
I triumph to make a sequin.

I think that sequin works, rather well. Sanguine works a little, but not as well.

Deeapaulitan said...

I can think of some that don't exactly rhyme, but work: grunion, legion, gudgeon, dungeon...

just like with orange I can think of : scavange, lozenge, challenge... not right on the money, but enough alike to dispell the lonliness I think... like extended family!

rachel tsunami said...

>not right on the money, but enough alike to dispell the loneliness I think...<

I'm with you, deeapaulitan, those are good psuedo-rhymes for orange. I think Ogden Nash would have done it.

Merry K said...

J. R. R. Tolkien invented a rhyme for orange——porringer

gabbie said...

I think "sen-goo-in" sounds more like "pen-goo-in" than "see-coo-in" does.

But, then again, maybe it's just me...

HHomeboy said...

but its not see-coo-in its see-kwe-in

so pen-gou-in and see-kwe-in are close.

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van Danne said...

aren't some rhymes a little silly? I mean sometimes in order for something to rhyme all it has to share is a suffix. don't mind me. i'm a skeptic.

fa-so-la-la said...

And the answer is:

SANGUINE

(yay gabbie!)

multifarious said...

Joey gives us a new spin on rhyming:

"RACHEL: But y'know umm, Rachel doesn't rhyme with draddle.

PHOEBE: I know but it's so hard! Nothing rhymes with your stupid name!

JOEY: What are you talking about? Lots of things rhyme with Rachel. Bagel. Mail. Jail. Bail. Able. May-pole."

(Disclaimer: I don't watch this show. :)

gabbie said...

yay me!

did i win anything?
:)

Setiago said...

Alas, I was going to put sanguine down,but then I thought, "How is sanguine pronounced?" I don't use the word often, but "sanguiiine" or "sangwine" was running through my head instead of "sanguin" or "sangwin."

Sherry said...

A book title; The Sanguine Penguin.

Who will write the story?

monolog said...

I nominate Van Danne!

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band said...

AYE! argh and muttering-sort noise!

Deeapaulitan said...

I have a question for all you in the the Beehive... We leave for Scotland in late March!! I want to know your reccomendations (since we never got to finish hearing about the trip). I remember Fa saying that she thought it valuable to do a walking tour instead of riding all over the place. Was there a very particularly rambly place that whispered to the deep center of you? Is there anywhere to not bother with? What was your most favoritist thing? Oh please, Do tell!