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National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day – September 1, 2023

National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day, celebrated on September 1, aims to recognize words that do not rhyme with anything. It also encourages activities and actions performed without a reason. Yes, this day is very random, but that’s exactly what makes it so enjoyable. And guess what? It is based on a famous idiom from a Shakespearean play. So without further adieu, understand the entertainment factor behind the day and celebrate it to the fullest. Here are a few non-rhyming words to get you started: ‘orange,’ ‘woman,’ ‘purple,’ ‘spirit,’ and ‘chimney.’ Now come up with a list of your own and start sharing.

History of National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day

The National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day is based on an idiom that has existed since 1460 in the English Language. It was first read in the book “The Boke of Nurture” by John Russell, and then later made an appearance in the Shakespearean play “Comedy of Errors” in 1950. It was used again in the play “As You Like It” in 1600. Of course, being used in such famous plays ensured the popularity of the idiom and it has now become a phrase that is used by billions of people. For those who don’t know, idioms are figures of speech that have a different meaning as opposed to the literal meaning of the phrase. A popular idiom that serves as a great example is “It’s raining cats and dogs.” The idiom basically describes heavy rain. Over time, idioms became so popular that there are over 25,000 idioms in the English language alone.

Rhymes, on the other hand, refer to words that sound similar. The act of rhyming has existed for centuries and has been used by poets of different languages to write ballads and sonnets. One of the earliest rhymes found is from the 10th century B.C., in China. It is known as the Chinese Shi Jing. And this may seem intriguing, but many religious texts also use rhyming words, for instance, rhymes are also used in some of the texts in the Bible. Rhyming started to increase dramatically during the 6th and 7th centuries when the Arabic and the Irish used rhyming words to form a tune in the written text.

National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day timeline

1500
Milky Way

The expression “Till the cow comes home” is formed.

Early 1900s
The Big Break

The idiom “Break a leg” is seen in print.

1930s
Sweet Words

American poet Ogden Nash uses the phrase “Life's a piece of cake” in a poem.

Late 1900s
Light Up

The phrase “Close, but no cigar” becomes popular — it originates from carnival games where the prize was a cigar.

National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day FAQs

Is it rhyme or reason or rhyme nor reason?

The correct phrase is ‘No rhyme nor reason’. This is also a famous idiom.

What is no rhyme no reason day?

National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day recognizes words that do not rhyme in the English language.

What is the difference between rhyme and rime?

Rhyming is using words that sound similar. Rime is an opaque coating of snow or ice over trees.

National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day Activities

  1. List down words that don’t rhyme

    To celebrate the day, list down words you think don’t rhyme with any other word in the English vocabulary. Don’t cheat!

  2. Do things without a reason

    Since this day is about no rhyming, and doing things without reason, it is the ideal time to break out of your shell and do something completely random. Go on a road trip, book a ticket, feed someone a meal — do anything your heart desires.

  3. Write a no rhyme poem

    Write a poem — but one that has no rhyming stanzas. It should just be a poetic work of art that has a beautiful meaning.

5 Fun Facts You Need To Know About Rhyming Words

  1. Derived from French

    The word ‘rhyme’ originated from ‘rime’ or ‘ryme.

  2. Meaning in German

    In German, ‘rhyme’ means series or sequence.

  3. Used by Shakespeare

    The writer used rhyming couplets to end a scene in a play.

  4. The power of rhyming words

    They are a mnemonic device that aids in memorization.

  5. Eye rhymes

    Eye rhymes are rhymes such as cough and bough — they have similar spellings but different pronunciations.

Why We Love National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day

  1. It’s fun

    The day can prove to be quite fun if you spend it the right way — i.e playing games with friends and family. And no, finding words that don’t rhyme is not a piece of cake.

  2. It teaches different words

    Are you fond of learning new things? This day is the perfect occasion to increase your vocabulary and find words you have never heard before.

  3. It makes people do fun things for no reason

    According to the theme of the day, you are expected to do things without a reason. Hence, it actually helps people in doing something different without thinking.

National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day dates

YearDateDay
2023September 1Friday
2024September 1Sunday
2025September 1Monday
2026September 1Tuesday
2027September 1Wednesday
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