No Rhyme Nor Reason Day | September 1
Fri Sep 1st

National No Rhyme (nor Reason) Day

On September 1st, National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day recognizes words that do not rhyme with any other words in the English language.


Although September is one of many random and capricious days, this observance focuses on specific words. Refractory rhymes are words that don't rhyme with any other word. Poets' reason is that avoiding these words helps keep their poetry consistent. However, refractory words only interrupt poems where rhyme and reason are relevant.

These edgy poet takes on these threatening words. Toss out the rhymes. Say farewell to meter. Be imaginative and playful. Lewis Carrol was never stopped by the Jabberwocky, who never stopped him. Dilly dally in a world of mishmash and find a verse that captures the day's spirit. Deliver a letter filled with words straight up the chimney. Tilt the accent one way and lilt it another until the word fits in fluttery ways.

There should be no reason or rhyme for that matter. Not all poems do. You could dive deep as Alexander Atkins did in 2014 and search a little bit harder for the perfect rhyme, which is a little bit harder. Check out his website that stretches the edges of the word to fill the void left by refractory rhymes.

These are some unrhymable (or almost unrhymable) words in the English language, including: (or almost unrhymable) words include: : a few unrhymable (or almost unrhymable) words include:

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

No rhyme nor reason day is allowed on the calendar, but there is no rhyme nor reason day

Make a list of words that you think cannot be rhymed and check if you are correct. To post on social media, use the hashtag #NoRhymeNorReasonDay.

History has shown that there has been no rhyme nor reason on the national no rhyme nor reason day

Our attempts were unable to determine the source of National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day.

Rhyme FAQ

Is the word "rhyme" homophone? Q. Is there a homophone for the word "rhyme"?

A. Yes. Yes. The word "rime" refers to an opaque layer of frost or ice.

Q. What is a homophone?

A. A homophone is two or more words that are pronounced the same but have different spellings and meanings.

Q. What rhymes with the word "rhyme"? Many words in the English language rhyme with the word "rhyme," including sublime, thyme, rise, chime, mime, dime, sign, and decline.