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Query Subject:   Mosaic rhyme
Author:   Karen S. Chung
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   I'm collecting examples of *mosaic rhyme* for use in my aural-oral
training classes, and am wondering if anybody has any handy you'd be
willing to share.

Mosaic rhyme is the matching of a one word with a rhyme consisting
of more than one word. Examples:

1. 'We *toss 'em*, they're *awesome*' (pizza restaurant slogan)

2. 'Eat, drink and *remarry*.' (not an outright rhyme, but it is
modeled after the phrase
'Eat, drink, and *be merry*.') (seen on a humorous sign sold in
a souvenir shop)

3. 'What do you get when you kiss a guy?
You get enough germs to catch pneu*monia*
After you do, he'll never *phone ya*...'
(Burt Bacharach, "I'll never fall in love again")

Some rhymes work in one dialect (e.g. Midwestern US), not in
another (e.g. RP; this may of course work the other way around;
'awesome foursome' - a feminine rather than mosaic rhyme - is an
example of something that works in RP but not Midwestern US); I'm
interested in anything at all that works in *some* dialect of
English. Silly rhymes are fine - even preferred! - since mosaic rhyme
is often used for (or inadvertently creates!) comic effect anyway. A
Web search turned up very little. Anything you happen to have would be
much appreciated. I'll post a summary if there are enough responses.


Karen Steffen Chung
National Taiwan University

LL Issue: 12.1852
Date posted: 18-Jul-2001


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