Near Rhymes Mo’ Better!!

Hey WikiRhymers:

We have added a major new enhancement to Near Rhymes. It has always been a challenge to present Near Rhymes to you in a logical way and in a user-friendly way. We could just give you a huge long page, listing all of the Near Rhymes; but say in the case of the word “love,” that’s over 1,100 words. The word “be”? Fagetaboutit–that’s many thousands of words. Your eyes would roll back in your head before you got three hundred words in.

So, in the past we have settled for a methodology where we created a paragraph or “block” of words (which we call “Pointers”), one picked from each set of words that were near rhymes for your target word. (That way, you could look at discrete pages with small lists of words, thus avoiding or minimizing what we call “the fatigue factor.”) Unfortunately though, too many users viewed the Pointer list as just a list of words that rhyme with their target word, not Pointers to a wealth of words accessible by simply clicking Pointers.

We think we have cleared up at least some of the “pointer confusion” by the new approach. Now, instead of seeing a block of words–in green and followed by ellipses–you will see a block of only the ENDINGS of the words (in green). These are our new “Pointers.” These Pointers are listed alphabetically according to how they are spelled (and in effect then–to some degree–how they are pronounced). Click here for an example of this.

To see the words behind the Pointers, simply click one. If you are on our Pro Plan, you don’t even have to click–just mouseover a Pointer and a pop-up will pop up (aren’t we slick) with a list of words. Click here to join our Pro Plan. It’s only $5.00 per year.

Now, if you are a frequent user of WikiRhymer and have been for awhile, you know we also changed the End Rhyme and Near End Rhyme Pointers from words to numbers. They work the same way the “word ending” Pointers¬† do in Near Rhyme cases–click on them to see more if you are an unpaid WikiRhymer user, mouseover if you are on the Pro Plan. But why are they numbers? Good question that has a good answer.

Every end rhyme can be viewed as being as good as every other end rhyme. By definition, an end rhyme occurs when the last syllable of two words are pure rhymes–for instance, “we” and “maybe” or “satisfactorily” and “Kenny G”! So, we use numbers for Pointers rather than part of a word (what we call the rhyme syllable vowel sound or “RSVS”–way more than you ever wanted to know!). We use these numbers to reinforce to you the user that these are Pointers (clearly they are not a word) and to reinforce the notion that they all are pure rhymes on the end syllable and you will unfortunately have to simply look at all of them to find the “perfect” rhyme or at least look UNTIL you find the perfect rhyme starting with #1!

On the other hand, with Near Rhymes, we show you a Pointer as a partial word starting with a vowel sound because you can look at the list and make some qualitative judgments about where you want to look first. Let’s take the example of near rhymes for the word “love.” Again, looking at the “love” near rhyme page at WikiRhymer (here), and perusing the Pointers, don’t you think words that rhyme with “-ub” are going to be “nearer” rhymes with “love” than words that rhyme with “-ulled”? Likewise, “-uh” versus “unched”?

Again, our focus is not only the quantity of the content we show you, but the quality of the user experience. When you can make a qualitative decision which may speed up the process of finding the perfect rhyme, we try to give you that power.

That takes us to Near End Rhymes. This hybrid is a near rhyme (as opposed to a pure rhyme) on the last syllable only. So, it mixes the “every rhyme’s as good as the next” aspect of end rhymes with the fact that rhymers can make qualitative decisions about which near rhymes are likely to be better. The problem is that many, if not most Near End Rhymes suck! But, we give them to you nonetheless, because one poet’s sucky rhyme is another’s Paradise Found! We may convert the number Pointers we use with Near End Rhymes to text Pointers in the future. We may not!

One final thought: all of the changes we have been making over the last few months are a direct result of the user survey we did at the beginning of the year.¬† You told us what you like and don’t and we listened carefully and have been rolling these enhancements out one after anther to meet your needs. If you appreciate them, appreciate us!! Become a paid member of WikiRhymer. It’s only $5 bucks a year. Click here to join!!

Write On,

Bud & Cheng


WikiRhymer Word/Phrases Added/Edited

Hey WikiRhymers:

Just thought you’d like to know–since we reactivated the (new and improved) system for adding and editing rhymes, you have sent us well over 1,000 suggestions that have resulted in the addition of almost 900 words and phrases!! We thank you for helping us make WR the world’s “best rhyming dictionary.”

You might be asking yourself–“hey, I suggested a word be added. How come it wasn’t?”

There could be any one of a number of answers but here are the usual ones:

  • You misspelled the word and the correctly spelled word is already in WR.
  • The “word” is not a word at all (believe us, we research everything you send us).
  • The word or phrase we consider to be too obscure. Remember, as we note in the Add/Edit instructions, WR is a dictionary of American English FOR RHYMERS! We are not after every word in the English (or other) language(s).
  • Objectionable. We block certain words we consider to be objectionable to our sense of community standards. I.e., we are never going to add any version of the “n” word–so stop sending them to us!! Likewise the “f” word.

If you want positive confirmation that we have added your word, include your email address. It’s also advisable because sometimes people make suggestions and we are not sure what they are meaning or intending and if we have a return email address, we can ask questions.

Write on,

Bud & Cheng