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Bob offered to pick up the tab for each of us who was willing to compose and share a limerick.
  a humorous poem consisting of 5 lines with a rhyme scheme aabba
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limerick limericks
Limericks often have a 9-9-6-6-9 or 8-8-5-5-8 cadence and are ridiculous. Often they are bawdy or risqué.

Here is an example of a tame limerick written by Liz Wilkey:

There once was a girl from Brazil
who danced with seduction and skill.
Each night she would samba,
then sashay the rumba,
and tango ’til she had her fill.
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  • Bob offered to pick up the tab for each of us who was willing to compose and share a limerick.
  • A limerick, actually: There once was a girl from Manhattan Who slept only on sheets made of satin Her husband slipped and he slided And their bodies collided So they did something dirty in Latin.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I was too nervous to bother explaining that one of my father’s vices had been his propensity for dirty limericks.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He managed to get the driver of the train drunk as well and was finishing a bottle of gin every hour walking up and down the carriages almost naked, but keeping his shoes on this time and hitting the state of inebriation during which he would start rattling off wonderful limericks—thus keeping the passengers amused.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • But only the deadliest prophecies are couched in the form of a limerick.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I knew they were exasperated with Da, but they had little patience for Mam, either, whose people were from Limerick and never lifted a finger to help.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • And everyone who read Sonnets of a Sorcerer spoke in limericks for the rest of their lives.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • He would run a limerick contest, or a series of coupons for victrola records, see a slight spurt of circulation and promptly forget the matter.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He was a sporting vagrant armed with a vast stock of stories, limericks and riddles.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Bad poetry, but even Helen of Troy probably started with, like, a limerick, right?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • Maybe she will try writing again, nothing too ambitious, a fun poem in the limerick mode.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • l’ve got dirty limericks to write here.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I think of how useless the Dresden -part of my memory has been, and yet how tempting Dresden has been to write about, and I am reminded of the famous limerick: There was a young man from Stamboul, Who soliloquized thus to his tool, ’You took all my wealth And you ruined my health, And now you won’t pee, you old fool’ And I’m reminded, too, of the song that goes My name is Yon Yonson, I work in Wisconsin, I work in a lumbermill there.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Babbitt lay awake in the close hot tomb of his Pullman berth, shaking with remembrance of the fat man’s limerick about the lady who wished to be wild.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He still had a horse and wagon, and it was not too uncommon then to see Bobby riding around the mill village in his long underwear, drunk as a lord, alternately singing and cussing and—it must be said—shouting out bawdy limericks to mill workers and church ladies.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • One night Matron took Ghosh aside and said: "Your limericks are usurping my prayers."
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Dad has a saying for every subject under the sun—as well as a wide selection of limericks and truly terrible jokes.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • And to use the word ’science’ in those flop-eared limericks or whatever you call ’em— it’s sacrilege!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • "Hey, can I try one of those sand dollars you bought?" asked David, tracing the carved lines of a limerick with his finger.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • It was when he was into composing limerick obituaries for people he didn’t care for, so I never knew if his cemetery-expansion idea was serious or something crafted to irk my mother.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • I would have thought that he was too drunk to recite a limerick but he sounded off endlessly, in perfect scansion with complex inner rhymes and rippling alliterations, an astounding feat of virtuosity in rhetoric.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Also, three days after initial appearance of a very rough limerick, one that implied that Warden’s fatness derived from unsavory habits, this limerick popped up on pressure-sticky labels with cartoon improved so that fat victim flinching from Simon’s pitchfork was recognizably Mort the Wart.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Tis not as bad as the time he visited Limerick.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • Out in the Atlantic Ocean great sheets of rain gathered to drift slowly up the River Shannon and settle forever in Limerick.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • He whispered then near Stephen’s ear: LENEHAN’S LIMERICK There’s a ponderous pundit MacHugh Who wears goggles of ebony hue.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • My first cousin, Fonsy Davin, was stripped to his buff that day minding cool for the Limericks but he was up with the forwards half the time and shouting like mad.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I’m trying to think of a limerick," said Eustace.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • I could parachute you into County Limerick this very day, Mr. McLean, and it is very likely that within a single year you’d be cultivating potatoes, courting an ugly Irish wench, and running guns for the IRA.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Nor did we touch any more at any place, till, being driven on the coast of Ireland by a very hard gale of wind, the ship came to an anchor in a little bay, near the mouth of a river, whose name I remember not, but they said the river came down from Limerick, and that it was the largest river in Ireland.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • He would be named Patrick for the first of my line of Grogans to arrive in the United States from County Limerick, Ireland.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • …see the cities of the earth and make myself at random a part of them, I am a real Parisian, I am a habitan of Vienna, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Constantinople, I am of Adelaide, Sidney, Melbourne, I am of London, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh, Limerick, I am of Madrid, Cadiz, Barcelona, Oporto, Lyons, Brussels, Berne, Frankfort, Stuttgart, Turin, Florence, I belong in Moscow, Cracow, Warsaw, or northward in Christiania or Stockholm, or in Siberian Irkutsk, or in some street in Iceland,…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • From October to April the walls of Limerick glistened with the damp.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Last year travelling to Ennis had to pick up that farmer’s daughter’s ba and hand it to her at Limerick junction.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Limerick gained a reputation for piety, but we knew it was only the rain.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • My mother, the former Angela Sheehan, grew up in a Limerick slum with her mother, two brothers, Thomas and Patrick, and a sister, Agnes.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • No one knew why he was called Ab Sheehan, The Abbot, but all Limerick loved him.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Limerick City erupts with whistles, horns, sirens, brass bands, people calling and singing, Happy New Year.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • We have morals in Limerick, you know, morals.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Angela wanted to give him a middle name, Munchin, after the patron saint of Limerick but Malachy said over his dead body.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • No son of his would have a Limerick name.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Philomena will write it because a teacher in Limerick told her once she had a fine fist.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • She brings him the cigarette and tells Mam the guards in the barracks have taken up a collection to pay our train fares to Limerick.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • There will be a motor car to pick up our trunk and leave us at Kingsbridge Railway Station and, You’ll be in Limerick in three or four hours.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • I think we better go now or we’ll be missing that train to Limerick.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • The boys had shaved heads, snotty noses, and no shoes and we followed them through the streets of Limerick.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • If all the people that has consumption in Limerick were to die this would be a ghost town, though I don’t have consumption meself.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • There is no hope of a laboring man with a North of Ireland accent getting a job in Limerick.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • If we left it up to you we’d have the poor people of Limerick jumping into the arms of the Protestants.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • We grew up ignorant in Limerick, so we did, knowing feck all about anything and signs on, we’re mothers before we’re women.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Let it never be said a child went sick in Limerick for want of an onion.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
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