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302 DICTIONAR Y OF RHYMES.
number of technical and foreign words with which most Englishmen are familiar.*
* Mr. W. S. Gilbert, writing some time ago in a humorous letter to the Dramatic Review on the paucity of rhymes in our tongue, says, " I should like to suggest that any inventor who is in need of a name for his invention would confer a boon on all rhymsters, and at the same time ensure himself many gratuitous advertisements if he were to select a word that rhymes to one of the many words in common use that have very few rhymes or none at all. A few more words rhyming to love are greatly wanted. Revenge and avenge have no rhyme but Penge and Stonehenge; coif has no rhyme at all. Starve has no rhyme except (O irony!) carve. Scarf has no rhyme, though I fully expect to be told that laugh, calf and half are admissible—which they certainly are not. Scalp has no rhyme but Alp; false has none—valseisne&r it, but the French accent disqualifies it; waits is also near it, but the t spoils it. Gamboge has no rhyme but rouge. Tube would be rhymeless but for cube and jujube. Fugue has no rhyme at all, nor has gulf, unless we fall back on Cardinal Panduiph, and Ulf the minstrel. Azimuth has only doth."