I’ve just been looking up words that rhyme with vole. I already had hole, sole, soul, mole and ball in mind.
I was surprised, on checking an on-line rhyming dictionary, to find krumholz in it. One, because I’ve only just learnt the word and two, because I would never pronounce it to rhyme with vole. I always thought anything Germanic ending in -z had a ts sound at the end, and pronounce krumholz to rhyme with waltz. It’s not been a major issue because I’ve only ever read the word until now. This is the first time I’ve written it and I’ve never said it out loud.
They are trees on mountains which have grown up stunted by the weather. I first saw the word in a poetry magazine a couple of months ago.
I never thought I would ever need to use the word, as my life, generally, doesn’t take me up any mountains.
Another quick look suggets azoles (anti-fungal drugs), polls (which might be a bit too topical for Americans at the moment), and rissoles. The last one is, I admit, close to a word I was thinking of using. Actually, so is the first one.
I do like fumarole (a vent in or near a volcano from which hot gases, especially steam, are emitted) , but it may be a bit dramatic for a short poem about cute, furry animals.
Talking about cute furry animals, what do you think about mink? Apart from them being vicious predators of water voles they are, it seems, a reservoir of infection for COVID 19.
I was even more surprised to see that Denmark is still farming mink for furs. The official line always seems to be that Scandinavia is wonderful and the world would be so much better if we all embraced Scandinavian values like hygge, and, it seems, fur farming.
I’ve just spent an interesting ten minutes reading about eugenics, racism and various other things in Scandinavia. I think I might pass on the Scandinavian lifestyle. It’s amazing how we always think our own countries are doing badly, but I feel quite good about the UK after reading about Scandinavia.