Magazine article Word Ways

Generic Limericks

Magazine article Word Ways

Generic Limericks

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In the August and November 2007 issues of Word Ways, we were entertained by a plethora of Limericks. Here, I offer a few more with a range of generic twists.

Homophonerick--what I call a Limerick in which the last words of lines 1,2 and 5 sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings. Likewise lines 3 and 4. They are homophones.

   The wannabee climber has a surreptitious peek.
   Confronting him lies a truly massive peak.
   It would be a feat.
   But what of his feet?
   'I'm not climbing that' he yells, in a fit of pique!

AZerick (or alphomerick)--a Limerick with 26 words which start with the letters of the alphabet in turn.

   Andrew, Betty's caught Diana entertaining Fred.
   Gosh, has Ivy just kissed Liam, manipulating Ned?
   Oh, pulses quell.
   Roy's secrets tell.
   Ursula's vanished with Xavier, yesterday's Zed!
   (Jeff Grant offers an' alphabet Limerick' on page 215 of the
   August 2007 issue.)

Vocalerick--a special type of linerick (see page 305 of the November 2007 issue) in which the words of the first row all begin with A, those of the second row with E, the third row I, the fourth row O, and the fifth row U.

   Acrostics, acronyms, alphomes and anagrams.
   Enigmas, epitaphs, equivoques, epigrams.
   Invariants, interlocks, insertions.
   Onalosi, overlaps, oxymorons.
   Universally using unsplittable unigrams.

Acrosterick--a Limerick in which the first letter of each line read together downwards, make a word. The 'word' in this case is ERICK, as befits the occasion. …

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