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NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY – September 1

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NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY

National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day on September 1st recognizes words which do not rhyme with any other words in the English language.

While September celebrates many random and capricious days, this observance focuses on specific words. Words that don’t rhyme with any other word are called refractory rhymes. Poets reason that avoiding these words helps keep their poetry consistent. However, refractory words only interrupt poems where rhyme and reason matter.

The less fickle poet takes on these challenging words. Toss out the rhymes. Say farewell to meter. Be whimsical and playful. The Jabberwocky never stopped Lewis Carrol. Dilly dally in a world of mishmash and find a verse that fits the spirit of the day. Deliver an envelope full of words directly up the chimney. Tilt the accent one way and lilt it another until the word fits in fluttery ways.

There need be no reason, nor rhyme for that matter. Not all poems do. Then again, you could dive deep like Alexander Atkins did in 2014 and search a little bit harder for the perfect rhyme. Check out his blog that stretches the edges of the language to fill the void left by refractory rhymes. 

Some unrhymable words in the English language include:

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

HOW TO OBSERVE #NoRhymeNoReasonDay

Make a list of words that you believe cannot be rhymed, and check if you are correct. Use #NoRhymeNorReasonDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin of National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day.

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