This sense is also present in slop and drop, but there at least it can be attributed to the [sl.sub.1]- (liquid/solid interface: slush, sleet, slather, slime) and dr- assonances (liquid: drink, drip, drool, dry).
In the process, however, he did establish the standard terminology, distinguishing between a syllable's assonance (word- or syllable-initial consonant cluster), and its rime (concatenated vocalic nucleus and final consonant cluster); thus in the word stump, for instance, the assonance is st- and the rime is -ump.
Ivins); (6) this might account for the large 1D overlap with the pejorative/diminutive complex, since a plant image would be naturally 1D, like the [br.sub.1]- assonance (1D Connected: brush, branch, briar, bramble, etc.; see Lawler, "Women, Men"), and a shrub is a diminutive plant.
Of the two systems, assonances are by far the more coherent.
Rimes, on the other hand, possibly because there are far more of them (480) (11) than assonances (67), only rarely approach the coherence levels of assonances, and have a much broader range of variation.