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The Two Words That Rhyme With “Purple”


Yesterday, I wrote about the one word that rhymes with orange. That caused somebody to ask me if there were any words that rhyme with purple.

Contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, Lisa A., the answer is yes. There are two, but neither are commonly used anymore.

The first (alphabetically) is curple. It’s a Scottish word that refers to a horse’s hind legs.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone says, “… and California Chrome is gaining on the pack thanks to his strong curples ” at this weekend’s Belmont Stakes?

The second is hirple. It’s a British word that either means “to limp” (as a verb) or “a limping gait” (as a noun).

Wouldn’t it be even better if some says, “I see a hirple coming from California Chrome’s curples” at this weekend’s Belmont Stakes?

Ah, wishful thinking.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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