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    Default Lickerish archaic yes or no

    Dear teachers,

    When I look up 'lickerish' in dictionaries both off- and on-line, it says 'archaic'.

    But it is not clear to me, if this just applies to 'enticing to the appetite' or to 'lustful/horny' as well.
    I hope not, as I need it as a rhyming word in a poem!

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    Default Re: Lickerish archaic yes or no

    It's archaic to me.

    What's the line in the poem you're working on?

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    Default Re: Lickerish archaic yes or no

    It's a poem about sex, so I don't know how appropriate it is to quote from it, in a forum such as this...

    But at the same time, that's about the long and the short of it: I would like to use the word in its 'lustful' sense, and I need something to rhyme with 'vanishes'.

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    Default Re: Lickerish archaic yes or no

    Quote Originally Posted by Balkenende View Post
    It's a poem about sex, so I don't know how appropriate it is to quote from it, in a forum such as this...

    But at the same time, that's about the long and the short of it: I would like to use the word in its 'lustful' sense, and I need something to rhyme with 'vanishes'.
    Er ... but lickerish doesn't rhyme with vanish.
    To rhyme, everything after the last stressed beat must be pronounced the same.
    For example, 'Lickerish' rhymes with 'Vicarish'.
    'Vanish' rhymes with 'mannish' if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Er ... but lickerish doesn't rhyme with vanish.
    To rhyme, everything after the last stressed beat must be pronounced the same.
    For example, 'Lickerish' rhymes with 'Vicarish'.
    'Vanish' rhymes with 'mannish' if that helps.
    The bold young curate from Inverish
    Was rather more lickerish than vicarish...
    Apologies for that.

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    Default Re: Lickerish archaic yes or no

    It's half-rhyme:
    vanishES
    lickerISH

    Sometimes you have to be creative...

    And eh, if that vicar can be lickerisch, may I assume I can as well...?

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    Default Re: Lickerish archaic yes or no

    Just to add, I would have no idea what that word meant. If you want to be witty, don't write something that will send people to their dictionaries before they get it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Lickerish archaic yes or no

    Quote Originally Posted by Balkenende View Post
    It's half-rhyme:
    vanishES
    lickerISH

    Sometimes you have to be creative...

    And eh, if that vicar can be lickerisch, may I assume I can as well...?
    There might be some assonance there, but if you're claiming a rhyme for an unstressed /əz/ and /ɪʃ/, you're going to find that not many people catch it.



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    Default Re: Lickerish archaic yes or no

    Quote Originally Posted by Balkenende View Post
    It's half-rhyme:
    vanishES
    lickerISH
    I'd have to agree. They don't rhyme to me.

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