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    Does any one know a word that rhymes with

    Orange. I heard a man talking in the waiting room at a doctors office today. He was quite a character. I over heard him ask someone if they know a word that rhymes with orange. Then, he told them that there is no word that rhymes with orange. So I figured that one of you might know.
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    Does any one know a word that rhymes with

    I am just adding a bogus post because of the because my post count on my last comment was a bad number. Now, my count is 667.

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    Are you superstitious, kzarah ?

    I can't think of a word that rhymes with Orange at the moment.

    Did you know that there are only 3 words in English that end with 'gry'?

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    Question

    ANGRY
    HUNGRY

    What's the third word?

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    The GRY question is part of a riddle. I know it's long, and apologize, but here's the best explanation I've ever read:

    Words that end in -gry

    For reasons that we can't determine, the "-gry question" is turning up again and again from our patrons. The best and most comprehensive answer to it comes from the Stumpers discussion list for reference librarians, and we quote from it below.

    Here is the question in its correct "puzzle" form. "Think of words ending in -gry. Angry and hungry are two of them. There are only three words in the English language. What is the third word? The word is something that everybody uses everyday. If you have listened carefully , I've already told you what it is."

    The secret here is that the real question is "There are only three words in the English language. What is the third word?" That is, there are only three words in the phrase "the English language". The third word is "language", which is indeed something we use every day. The first two words are "the" and "English".

    Having found the answer to the actual riddle, however, you may still wonder if there are any other English words ending in -gry. There are. The intrepid reference librarians of Stumpers found the following answers to the question:

    For a very long list of -gry words, including places and other proper names, see the Solution to the /language/english/spelling/gry problem in the rec.puzzles Usenet group's Language Puzzles Archive.

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, five words in the English language end in -gry. In addition to the common angry and hungry:

    * aggry, a glass bead found buried in the earth in Ghana.
    * puggry, a light scarf wound around a hat or helmet to protect the head from the sun, and
    * meagry, of meager appearance.

    ( --Ann Landers column, in response to question what word besides angry and hungry ends in -gry. Daily Breeze (Torrance CA) 1/31/89; also in Los Angeles Times1/31/89 p. V8.)

    William Safire in What's the Good Word (1982) says the question is a hoax, intended to waste the questionee's time. He quotes David Guralnik, editor of Simon & Schuster's Webster's New World Dictionary as saying there are no other "native English words" so ending, except angry and hungry. Guralnik notes three imported words:

    * puggry -- an Indian turban; a scarf worn around a sun helmet.
    * mawgry -- from Old French: being regarded with displeasure.
    * aggry -- colored glass beads worn by Africans.

    RQ, spring 1976, with 12 responses to a fall 1975 question, listed aggry ("describes a certain type of variegated glass bead found buried in the earth in Ghana and in England"), citing Webster's Third and OED, puggry, a variant spelling of puggree ("a light scarf wound around a hat or helmet to protect the head from the sun"), citing OED, Webster's 2d, and Funk and Wagnall's Crossword Puzzle Word Finder.

    The same article also listed gry itself (obsolete, "the grunt of a pig, the dirt under the nail; hence the veriest trifle," further explained as "the smallest unit in Locke's proposed decimal system of linear measurement, being the tenth of a line, the hundredth of an inch, and the thousandth of a ['philosophical'] foot."), citing OED, also in Walker's Rhyming Dictionary of the English Language and Funk and Wagnall's New Standard Dictionary.

    More about -gry ... if you care

    Hungry. Aside from angry, the only other common English word that ends in -gry. For reasons unclear, the commonest query that is addressed to the editors at the G.C. Merriam Company goes like this: "There are three English words that end in -gry. Hungry and angry are two of them, what is the third?" Among the 450,000 entries in Webster's Third New International Dictionary, there is only one other, which is anhungry, an obsolete word for hungry that is allowed to stay in the dictionary because it shows up in Shakespeare. (Coriolanus. I:i:209.) Editors at Merriam have found a few others buried deep within the OED, usually as variant spellings. One is puggry, one of several spellings of pugaree (also pugree, puggree, puggaree), which is a scarf wound around a sun helmet.

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    The answer to the three words ending with 'gry' is a trick question. Apparently there are several rare words in English that end with 'gry', but no one uses them.

    The real question is supposed to go like this:

    Two words that end with 'gry' are angry and hungry. There are three words in the English language. What is the third word?

    The answer is language.

    I love brain teasers like that. I remember when I got that one as an email. I almost lost my mind trying to figure it out.

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    RHYMES WITH ORANGE:

    At Oxford.com, they say that there is no word that rhymes with orange. Interesting, they say another common word that has no rhyme is silver.

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    I think dorange rhymes with orange. A dorange is the little piece of hardware that holds your door onto the frame and allows it to swing open and shut: "If the barn door squeaks, erl the dorange."

    To find a rhyme for "silver,"
    of any other rhyme,
    requires only will ver-
    bosity and time.

    MM:D

    PS. How about "lemon?"

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    And "purple".

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    .......easy.........."purple" rhymes with "maple surple"...... 42

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