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Zziggy
1150540.  Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:37 am Reply with quote

Now that you mention it ...

When I was in year 7 I wrote a twenty-verse retelling of Romeo and Juliet in limerick form.

Haha, I wish there was any hope of refinding it. I'd like to see how eleven-year-old me managed that.

 
Awitt
1150718.  Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:20 pm Reply with quote

At that age I was writing little humorous limericks about my friends and inanimate objects. Should still have most of them as I've kept it all.

One that I do remember:
There once was a girl called Nicole (my best friend at the time)
Who said 'I have broken the sole
Of my shoe because I
Looked up at the sky
And then I fell into a hole.'

 
Spud McLaren
1167638.  Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:39 pm Reply with quote

I wrote:
There was a young man from Dun Laoghaire
who propounded an interesting thaoghaire:
that the language of Erse
has a shortage of verse
'cos the spelling makes poets so waoghaire.
I think I've fathomed Irish spelling:
    If GH stands for P as in Hiccough
    If OUGH stands for O as in Dough
    If PHTH stands for T as in Phthisis
    If EIGH stands for A as in Neighbour
    If TTE stands for T as in Gazette
    If EAU stands for O as in Plateau
    The right way to spell POTATO should be
    GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEAU!

And I found another limerick in the same vein:
    There was a young lady called Psyche
    Who was heard to ejaculate "Pcryche!"
    For while riding her pbych
    She ran over a ptych
    And fell into a hedge, which was pspyche.

 
Zziggy
1167650.  Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:36 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
If GH stands for P as in Hiccough

I'm sure suze will correct me if necessary, but isn't this not true and just people making life difficult for themselves for no reason?

 
suze
1167667.  Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:17 pm Reply with quote

Pretty much that, yes. The following is something which I originally wrote in July 2009:


Hiccup is cited first - in 1580 as against 1628 for hiccough. There are a few institutions which prefer the latter - notably The Times - but they are definitely in the minority.

As for why the second spelling exists, well it seems to have been a seventeenth century misapprehension that it is somehow etymologically connected to "cough". It isn't; it's onomatopeic. The OED once asserted that "hiccough ought to be abandoned as a mere error", but it has not completely been.

Please don't anyone say that they pronounce it "hick-off" ... My former boss tells an anecdote about this, which he related to me last time this topic came up here.

"While you were still at school in Canada, the BBC's main sports presenter on television was a man named Frank Bough [bɒf]. On one occasion he was afflicted with hiccups while presenting a live programme, and apologised for his 'hick-offs'. This led my family to refer to him as 'Frank Bup' for a time."

(Copied from post 577888)

 
Spud McLaren
1167947.  Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:42 pm Reply with quote

Zziggy wrote:
Spud McLaren wrote:
If GH stands for P as in Hiccough

I'm sure suze will correct me if necessary, but isn't this not true and just people making life difficult for themselves for no reason?
Ah, c'mon - you can't expect humour to be completely factual.

That's probably not true.

 
Bondee
1207637.  Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:40 pm Reply with quote

There was a young man
from Peru who mixed limer
icks up with haiku

 
Jenny
1207690.  Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:00 am Reply with quote

I really like that!

 
Zziggy
1207693.  Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:06 am Reply with quote

I'd say there was an echo in here, but I think you did it better.

 
Spud McLaren
1207699.  Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:23 am Reply with quote

There was an old man
From Peru, whose lim’ricks all
Look’d like haiku. He


Said with a laugh “I
Cut them in half, the pay is
Much better for two.”

And see post 716211 et seq, although the link to the lines I quoted above has been pruned, so I had to find it elsewhere.

 
Zziggy
1207701.  Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:26 am Reply with quote

That's brilliant!

 
nitwit02
1213332.  Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:55 pm Reply with quote

A couple here I received;

There was a young man of Madras*,
Who's balls were constructed of brass,
When jangled together,
They played "Stormy weather",
And lightning shot out of his ass.


The sickly, young virginal bride,
Bit a green apple, and died,
As the apple fermented,
Inside the lamented,
Turned to cider inside her inside.

 
'yorz
1213336.  Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:30 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Please don't anyone say that they pronounce it "hick-off" ...

My Netherlands English (Dutch English sounds nagh) teacher certainly did, and therefore so did we. I cannot remember when in the UK I was told the error of my ways, but it took a good few years.

 
Spud McLaren
1232517.  Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:42 pm Reply with quote

I was listening to Meet David Sedaris earlier and he broadcast this:

The bottle of perfume that Willie sent
Was highly displeasing to Millicent;
Her thanks were so cold
That they quarrelled, I'm told,
Through that silly scent Willie sent Millicent.

 
'yorz
1232519.  Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:47 pm Reply with quote

Bravo!

 

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