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    How do you define a word with a limerick? Some examples

    December 29, 2017

    The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form (or OEDILF) has published more than 97,000 definitions written in the singsong poetry of a five-line limerick. Here are some examples selected from the website.

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    ABSTRACT

    When my paint bottles spilled, how I swore!

    They spread red, blue and yellow; what’s more,

    Purple, orange and green

    Then appeared in the scene

    As an abstract was formed on the floor.

    —by art bates

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    AEQUEOSALINOCALCALINOCERACEOALUMINOSOCUPREOVITRIOLIC

    The waters where babies should frolic

    Whenever they’re subject to cholic

    Are aequeosalino-

    calcalinoceraceo-

    aluminosocupreovitriolic.

    —by Graham Lester

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    BOILERPLATE

    Here’s a boilerplate limerick style:

    The rhythm and meter beguile.

    The lines at the core

    Are too droll to ignore,

    And a joke at the end makes you smile.

    —by David Schildkret

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    CCTV (closed-circuit television)

    What’s to fear from a camera or three

    And appearing on CCTV?

    Having every move tracked

    Is a comfort, in fact.

    Why, the state’s like a brother to me.

    —by speedysnail

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    CONTROL-W

    Many websites you may have been cruising.

    Time to close some you’re no longer using:

    Hold Control plus one key:

    Don’t think “close” and press “C″ —

    No, it’s W. Ain’t that confusing?

    —by zqms

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    DESCARTES, RENE

    Trigger knows about physics, of course,

    When it deals just with speed, mass or force.

    But his mind tends to jam

    On “I think, so I am.”

    So please don’t put Descartes ’fore this horse.

    —by zqms

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    EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL

    Emotional blackmail’s the way

    I control him. I just have to say,

    “If you leave me, I’ll cry,

    Or possibly die.”

    And his guilt makes me sure he will stay.

    —by AndrewB

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    FIXED

    When I spotted the typo, I cursed,

    “Damn, this limerick is one of my worst!”

    Had I fixed it, it could

    Have been passably good.

    I regret now not checking it fist.

    —by Chris J. Strolin and Bob Egg

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    FULL MOON

    Please, you must go! Goodnight, and adieu.

    I’m just ... busy. Yes. That. Things to do ...

    (It’s a full moon tonight—

    When that orb’s round and bright,

    I’ll be busy, all right.) Ah_AROOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    —by Reia Light

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    GIZZARD

    The gizzard, as most here will know,

    Is the route bird’s digestion must go.

    This stomach, the second,

    Grinds food (so it’s reckoned);

    The first lets digestive juice flow.

    —by psheil

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