Self-proclaimed "Rap God" Eminem has demonstrated that there are words you can rhyme with the word 'orange'.
It is widely known that some words do not have any rhyming pairs. These words include 'silver', 'month', 'pint' and 'discombobulate'. Although 'discombobulate' might not be something you say in your everyday conversations at the pub, 'pint' surely is.
Is there actually anything that rhymes with 'orange'? Marshall Mathers (AKA Eminem) told Anderson Cooper in an interview that if you pronounce the word clearly, you can (nearly) make it rhyme with other words and phrases.
"The word orange doesn't rhyme with anything, and it kind of pisses me off because I can think of a lot of things that rhyme with orange. If you're taking the word at face value, and you just say 'orange', nothing is going to rhyme with it exactly.
If you enunciate it and make it more than one syllable, or-ange, you can say, like, I put my or-ange, four inch, door hinge in storage and ate porr-idge with George."
The rapper also suggested that it is important to "Figure out the science of breaking down words". Eminem's entire career is built from playful lyricism and flouting grammatical norms, so I think we can trust his judgement. It does sound like he's saying "or-inch" rather than "orange", but we can let that one pass.
The clip came from TikTok, where user @siphers_ shared a recording of Eminem's 2010 interview with Anderson Cooper. The rapper admits in the interview that he was always good at English when he was in school, and used to read the dictionary. "I wanted to be able to have all of these words at my disposal in my vocabulary, at all times, whenever I need to pull them out."
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