Which is your favourite Limerick?

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April 22, 2007 8:36am CST
A Limerick is a poem with a special rhyme pattern. Does anybody know why they are called Limericks - is it after the place in Ireland? My favourite is: There was an old lady from Ryde Ate so many apples she died. The apples fermented Inside the lamented And made cider inside her inside. I like it because it is like a tongue twister at the same time. Which is your favourite?
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@Jemina (5773)
29 May 07
Where does the term 'Limerick' come from? The word derives from the Irish town of Limerick. Apparently a pub song or tavern chorus based on the refrain "Will you come up to Limerick?" where, of course, such bawdy songs or 'Limericks' were sung. And this is my favorite There was a Young Lady whose eyes, Were unique as to colour and size; When she opened them wide, People all turned aside, And started away in surprise. All these info are taken from http://www.poetry-online.org/limericks.htm
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29 May 07
Thank you very much for finding out all of this information for us.
@beaniegdi (1965)
22 May 07
When I was a child I loved limericks and knew loads but for the life of me I couldn't think of any but I did a search and found some by Edward Lear and funnily enough the one I have here is one I used to have in one of my favourite childrens book. 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!'
26 May 07
Yes, he wrote some great ones.