- This page was ignored, to be fairAnd the page feels so empty so bareSo by rules as appliedMore than two months, none replied,This page is Upped for Grabs by Alnair.
While TV Tropes loves its haiku,// Don't limericks need their time too?// In works of all kinds// They grace our learned minds// So don't be so quick to pooh-pooh!// A limerick, so it must seem,// Is a poem that follows a scheme.// The rhyme does not sway// A-A-B-B-A// With line lengths that match. Peachy-cream!// ...Okay, that ends the Self-Demonstrating Article portion of this trope's description. If I go any further I'm quite sure I'll drive both of us insane. As I said, a limerick is a poem of five lines that follows an A-A-B-B-A rhyme scheme as demonstrated above. The "A" lines usually have eight syllables, and the "B" lines five. It's a very recognizable pattern. Compare Haiku and Purple Prose.
- The Trope Codifier was A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear (1845), which popularized the form for light verse. Lear's limericks featured his usually nonsense humor and Perfectly Cromulent Words, and often repeated the first line as the last line. A representative sample:
There was an Old Man with a beard,//Who said, 'It is just as I feared!//Two Owls and a Hen,//Four Larks and a Wren,//Have all built their nests in my beard!'
- In Isaac Asimov's Black Widowers stories, Roger Halsted is fond of limericks, and often shares or even composes them during the dinner. During the first few stories, he's in the process of writing a limerick for each book of the Iliad ("And Odyssey," he's always quick to add), but he soon seems to drop this project, or at least stops sharing the limericks at the Widowers' meetings.
- In Cetagenda by Lois McMaster Bujold, Miles composes limericks for himself during the poetry recital part of a funeral.
- In Honor's Paradox by PC Hodgell, the singer Ashe performs a limerick with herself as the butt of the joke.
- Adam Adamant Lives!: Once per Episode, Simms would improvise a limerick on the situation at hand.
- How I Met Your Mother: Not in the show proper itself, but Barney wrote on his blog a ranchy limerick following the events of "No Tomorrow.":
There once was a well-dressed man,Who made a young lady a fan,She gave him her number,He laid pipe like a plumber,Then before she awoke he ran.All the fair lasses kept starin',At a lad in the tavern MacLaren,They fought for this stud,In their bras and the mud,Must be that pinstripe he's wearin'.
- On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data was learning about poetry, and had this classic Curse Cut Short:
Data: There once was a woman from Venus, whose body was shaped like a—Picard: That's enough, Mr. Data!
- The Two Ronnies: The dialogue in the "Limerick Clinic" sketch combines to form a series of limericks.
- There's an oblique reference to limericks in the Hancock's Half Hour radio episode "The Poetry Society", where Bill (the stupid character) offers to read a poem of his own, and Hancock claims the only poems Bill knows concern young women from various parts of the country.
- 'Limerick' was one of the games on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Humph would give the teams a potential packed opening line and they would have to complete it, taking one line apiece.
- Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! has "Listener Limerick Challenge" as a regular feature, where Carl Kassel reads a limerick dealing with current events and the contestant has to fill in the blank at the end.
- The Limerick Dungeon in Kingdom of Loathing. Every adventure you have in there is described in the form of a limerick. For example:
All at once you're approached by an OrcWho comes after you waving a spork.With a thud and a squish,Well, you make that Orc wishHe was never dropped off by the stork.
- In the Attic/Basement level of Nightmare Ned, there is an enormous dragon who tells gruesome stories in the form of limericks - and all in a very cheerful tone, as if reading bedtime stories.
- In Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri, the quote for the Cyborg Factory is a limerick:
A handsome young Cyborg named AceWooed women at every baseBut once ladies glanced atHis special enhancementThey vanished with nary a trace
- In Friendship is Dragons Pinkie Pie uses a "Glib Limerick" to defeat Nightmare Moon's forest trap during the comic's version of the "Giggle at the Ghosties" song.
- Limerixkcd takes xkcd comics and describes them in limerick form.
- As a Shout-Out to Limerixkcd, this Square Root of Minus Garfield strip recapped a Garfield in limerick.
- Zero Punctuation once did an entire review in limerick.
- The Other Wiki cites this limerick as an example:
The lim'rick packs laughs anatomicalIn space that is quite economical,But the good ones I've seenSo seldom are clean,And the clean ones so seldom are comical.
- The Fairly OddParents! has two from the episode "The Big Bash":
Leprechaun: They say that poor Cosmo was dense / For betting his wife for five cents / If she knows, she'll be mad /If she goes, he'll be sad / I'm betting the pain is intense. [poofs out]Wanda: [enraged] YOU BET ME FOR A NICKEL?!!Cosmo: But, it was a shiny nickel.[Wanda strangles him]Wanda Two fairies had a thought in their head, / That a bet could decide who'd I wed, / But when during their bout, / Their big secret got out... [summons angered guys from the trip]Juandissimo: ...And now both of those morons are dead?
- In The Simpsons episode "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe", Homer is mocked because he can't remember limericks:
Homer: I can too! There once was this guy from an island off the coast of Massachusetts, uh... Nantucket, I think it was. Anyway, he had the most unusual personal characteristic, which was, uh... um...
- SpongeBob SquarePants has this gem from the episode "Sleepy Time":
There once was a man from PeruWho dreamt he was eating his shoeHe woke with a frightIn the middle of the nightTo see that his dream had come true.
- The third largest city in the Republic of Ireland is called Limerick.
- There Once Was A Man From Nantucket...
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