A fair critique of my rhyme dictionary has been that rhyming words in a vacuum don’t accomplish much. It’s the connection of ideas that make things compelling and interesting to listen to. Ideally, we want to start from a word X (or synonyms for X) and find rhyming words Y that fit a certain conceptual space. In this case we have to:
- Find all words that are similar to Denim (Hyponyms).
- Find all words in the conceptual space of an Emotion or Feeling using WordNet.
- Find rhyming patterns between the two subsets using RapMETRICS algorithms.
So, what’s an emotion that rhymes with Denim? First, we find all words that are similar to Denim. Using WordNet hyponyms, a partial list is below:
denim : : (usually plural) close-fitting trousers of heavy denim for manual work or casual wear
- pedal pusher
- stretch pants
- short pants
Because I’m a big fan of the 3-syllable rhyme with no stress on the middle syllable, the word Pantaloon jumps out at me as a word that’s similar to Denim that I will choose to rhyme. So now, we use cross reference words that represent an emotion or feeling with words that rhyme with Pantaloon:
- Sweet Tooth
A partial list above with the coolest rhyme obviously being the Pantaloon – Gratitude scheme. To recap, we started with a man-made artifact (Denim), found a cool sounding synonym for it (Pantaloon) and discovered a great rhyme (Gratitude) that fit a conceptual space we limited ourselves to (a Feeling or Emotion).