Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Readers Write about Limericks

Risque content and language ahead . . . 

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From David B, who hails from Derbyshire, England, in respect of my posting a limerick that used the place name Aberystwyth, which I described as being in England: 
Prepare for much Celtic wrath,, Otto. The English town of Aberystwyth is actually in Wales. 
Thanks, David. All I can say is  . . .

My description of English Aberystwyth
Was soundly by David dismissed with 
“It’s actually in Wales”, 
Yep, one of my fails 
But limericks I will persist with. 

By the way, the original Abeystwyth limerick, posted yesterday, was written by none other than Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 – 1909), an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. 
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Btw, a favourite limerick:

Ethnologists up with the Sioux 
Wired home for two punts, one canoe. 
The answer next day 
Said, ‘Girls on the way, 
But what in the hell’s a panoe?’ 
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I received an email from friend Steve M in response to the limerick about the man from Devizes (now that one is in England) who had balls of two different sizes: 
Ahhhh the English language! Another terrific Bytes today, thanks Otto.

I know the market town of Devizes well – it is not far from the many scenes of my mis-spent youth (mentioned in a previous note from yours truly). Will check my balls now..................... nope, they are both fucking huge as I thought!

Steve m 
Thanks Steve 

Such a shy, reserved chap.
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A couple of more limericks from famous people, from a past Bytes ; 

Even noted writers have turned their hands and minds to limericks. This is one by Mark Twain. 

(To assist in working it out, I will give the hint that "Co" would normally be read in full as "Company"). 

A man hired by John Smith and Co. 
Loudly declared that he'd tho. 
Men that he saw 
Dumping dirt near his door 
The drivers, therefore, didn't do. 

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There was a young belle of old Natchez 
Whose garments were always in patchez. 
When comments arose 
On the state of her clothes, 
She replied, “When Ah itchez, Ah scratchez.” 

- Ogden Nash 

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And one by William Shakespeare, Othello, Act 2, Scene 3: 

And let me the canakin clink, clink; 
And let me the canakin clink 
A soldier’s a man; 
A life’s but a span; 
Why, then, let a soldier drink. 

(Okay, so it's not as good as the Man from Nantucket and the Helen Keller limericks...) 

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Even a Brit Prime Minister has dabbled: 

Few thought he was even a starter. 
There were many in life who were smarter. 
But he finished PM, 
A CH, an OM, 
An earl and a Knight of the Garter. 

- Clement Attlee (about himself)


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