In the spirit of holidays, I thought I’d tone down the intensity of my posts – seriousness interfering with the holiday spirit…
Reading through Articulate, I found The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form (OEDILF).
The goal of The OEDILF, our online limerictionary, is to write at least one limerick for each and every meaning of each and every word in the English language. Our best limericks will clearly define their words in a humorous or interesting way, although some may provide more entertainment than definition, or vice versa.
Look up a word, browse by author or topic/genre, or join the project to submit original limericks.
There’s an impressive list of topics/genres.
If you look up the word anticlimactic, you find this limerick:
In picking up women, my tactic?
I promise adventures galactic
We watch Lost in space
When we’re back at my place
Which they find to be anticlimactic
Here is one result for genres: science fiction:
asphyxiate by mephistopheles (Limerick #8004)
Though you’re weightless and moving with grace,
You’ll asphyxiate here, out in space.
Is your very best pal
a computer named Hal?
You could die here and leave not a trace.
And some background is included: In Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1968 film, 2001, a Space Odyssey, an astronaut, Dave, was famously locked out of the spaceship by a malfunctioning computer named Hal. If Dave had not succeeded in getting back onto the ship, he would have died when he ran out of air.
Lots of possibilties with this dictionary, both educational and recreational. For the sake of holidays I’ll abstain from the usual heavy-handed instructions.
One more under ‘ballet’
Her willowy arms flutter slightly,
Her feathered white head drops down lightly.
Alas for Odette,
Men who love soon forget.
Thus, she’s dying in Swan Lake once nightly.
…Except on Mondays, and twice on matinees.