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You Can’t Rhyme Orange, Month, Silver, Spirit, Or Woman


September is filled with many reasons to celebrate and some of the celebrations have “no rhyme or reason”.

National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, observed annually on September 1, actually celebrates words in the English language which do not rhyme with any other words.  Also known as refractory rhymes, these are words that poets try to avoid using in verse.

Some unrhymable words in the English language include:

  • Orange
  • Month
  • Silver
  • Spirit
  • Chimney
  • Purple
  • Woman

No rhyme or reason means something that occurs without any reason or explanation. This day celebrates words in the English language which do not rhyme with any other words, For use in the poetry, poets avoids these kinds of words. These words are also called as refractory rhymes.

“Minus the twin stuff. It basically means that there’s no rationale for whatever’s going on because there’s no pattern (rhyme) or logic (reason) behind it. You just can’t figure it out no matter how hard you try – S. Dromio first said it.”


The history and origin of No Rhyme or Reason Day are not known. These idioms are believed to have first used in the English language through the 1460 book by John Russell, The Boke of Nurture. However, it is most famous for its use in the 1590 Shakespearean play Comedy of Errors. It was once again appeared in Shakespeare’s 1600 play, As You Like It. Idioms can’t be understood by the actual word or words. As per Dictionary.com, Idioms are words whose meaning is not predictable from the real meanings of its integral elements. One such example is ‘Raining Cats and Dogs‘ that means a heavy rainstorm – not fuzzy friends falling from the skies. This day is also known in the United States as National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day. Some unrhymable words in the English language are Orange, Month, Purple, Woman, Chimney, Silver.



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