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Carolyn from Bella Online shares her thoughts about tavern limericks. The following three are from her article.


There was a sweet girl from Gadzooks

Who spent all her time coaching crooks-

As thieves they had fun

And she needed no gun

'Cause she'd just knock 'em dead with her looks.


There was a weight trainer named Joe

Had a voice that was sexy and low -

He attracted a lass

With his muscular ass

And a bag overflowing with dough.


There was a park ranger named Dale

Who liked making moonshine and ale-

He first filled a mug

But drank the whole jug

Then passed out and drowned in his pail.


My favorite limerick is "A Barmaid From Sale"


On the chest of a barmaid in Sale

Were tattooed the prices of ale.

And on her behind,

For the sake of the blind,

Was the same information in Braille.


The limerick also known as nonsense verse is a popular form of short, humorous verse that is often nonsensical and frequently ribald. It consists of five lines, rhyming aabba, the first, second, and fifth lines must have three accented beats in them. The third and fourth lines must have two accented beats.


The origin of the limerick is unknown, but it has been suggested that the name derives from the chorus of an 18th-century Irish soldiers' song, "Will You Come Up to Limerick?"


Here is another theory as to origin of the Limerick.

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