Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Do "tie" and "Thai" rhyme?

The other members of The Other Style Council out-voted me on this one, but I cannot admit defeat.

In the secret underground lair that houses the copy desk of The Other Style Council, I dared to declare that "tie" rhymes with "Thai." Apparently, Gaines and Falling J are bent on having L.A. Weekly (and the world!) believe that these words are homonyms, not rhymes. (They're actually homophones, but that just sounds gay.)

I'd make up a poem right now, but no one would appreciate it.

OK, what the hell: "There once was a murderous Thai / who completed his wardrobe with tie / to the cops he confessed / he was way overdressed / and the jury vote ended in tie."

Not a rhyme? Please!


Blogger Craig said...

Not only is it not a rhyme, but you repeated the word "tie." And I don't care if they have different meanings.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous emperor m said...

I agree that they are rhymes more so than homonyms. My understanding is that a homonym is one of two or more words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meaning, such as tie (something you wear around your neck) and tie (a state of equality). Therefore your poem uses "tie" as a homonym. "Tie" and "Thai" are definitely rhymes and will be for all times!

3:42 AM  
Anonymous emperor m ... once again. said...

Also, according to Alberto RĂ­os, a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for 25 years and holds the distinction of the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English, speaks of a "rich rhyme" when a word rhymes with its homonym such as "tie" and "Thai." So, perhaps you are all correct.

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