Special Valentines Post: 'Love' rhymes with 'glove' and 'above'

Special Valentines Post: 'Love' rhymes with 'glove' and 'above'

You can blame the days of long ago, when it was hard to write a rounded letter 'u' in Middle English manuscripts for the fact that words in modern English don't end in the letter 'v.'

The ugly solution created was to add a silent 'e' at the end of the word that ended in the /v/ sound and call it good. What could possibly go wrong?

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Find the non-rhyme

Which word doesn't rhyme:

a) ear
b) beer
c) pear
d) cheer

Three of these words are pronounced with a 'long e' /i/ followed by an /r/. One word is the 'air sound' /ɛr/Do you know which one?

Wikimedia image credits:
pear: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Pear_r%C3%B6tliche_85.jpg
ear: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AEar.jpg
beer: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACanya_de_cervesa.jpg
cheer: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADefense.gov_photo_essay_081205-N-2855B-076.jpg