Does this rhyme?

…where this = my name. First name Justin, last name Sexton. I’ve always thought it rhymed, and as such is a pretty silly name. Between the rhyme and the paired syllables, it kind of forces you to say it in a sing-song voice, which as bugged me for years. My SO, however, doesn’t hear any rhyme at all. So, dopers, what do you think?

I’m going to take your SO’s side. Maybe if your name were “Bustin’ Justin”…

don’t know that “rhyme” is what I’d call it, but it does have a quasi militaristic cadence to it: Just -TIN, sex-TON

slight highjack : btw: my son goes to a J. W. Sexton HS… / slight highjack

Ah, this is quite similar to the Megan/Bacon issue, it is.

Good luck.


Megan and Bacon don’t rhyme either. Maybe if it were “Makin’ Bacon”… :smiley:

I believe this is what is referred to as a “near-rhyme.” BTW, Sex-TON could be said “Sextin” . . . thus making it even more of a near-rhyme.

Technically it’s what songwriters call an “identity.” Or it would be if his name was Juston Sexton; so I guess it’s really a near-identity.

are there any linguistics people around? i am sure that these are indeed rhymes, but of a certain variety.

Me! Me! Well… I’m not a linguist yet, but that’s what I’m majoring in.

The technical term for that sort of thing is “slant rhyme.” If you want to see someone who uses them a lot, go read Emily Dickinson.


No they do not rhyme. The accent is on the first syllable.

To rhyme it would have to be


Jus tin

Sus tin


Jex tin

Sex tin.

If you accent the wrong syllable(Sp?) you get a false rhyme.


Mi AM i

Sa LAM i

Would rhyme. But we say Sa lah mi so it doesn’t work unless you force it.

It’s not a straight rhyme, it’s a slant rhyme, like andygirl said.

I get what your saying about sing-along though, J - your voice goes up and down, up and down when you say your name. I didn’t get a military vibe though.

It’s also referred to as “half-rhyme.” Why there are four different names for it is something I’ll never know.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when singers adjust the pronounciation of half-rhymes to make them regular rhymes. If I hear anyone pronounce the word “again” as “a-GANE” one more time, bad things are going to happen.

The rain in spain is mainly on the plain again.