Rhymes with Orange is the worst comic

May 23, 2006

Rhymes with Orange is the worst comic

I’d be mair vauntie o’ my hap,

Douce hingin’ owre my curple,

Than ony ermine ever lap,

Or proud imperial purple.

– Robert Burns

‘Nothing rhymes with purple’– another Dark Age superstition dies in the harsh glare of the Natural Philosophy. The fact that this includes the word ‘ermine’ is just a bonus.

[Sc., corruption of crupper] (rhymes with purple, cf. hirple) 1) the hind-quarters or rump of a horse 2) transf. the rump, posterior