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
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
The waters where babies should frolic
Whenever they're subject to cholic
—by Graham Lester
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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