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Excellent stuff coming in, guys. Really first class!

I was recently asked if we had lots of new blood coming in to The OEDILF Project and I admitted that, very recently anyway, we hadn't but that we're getting lots of great milage out of the old stuff. Keep up the great work!


adz

With computers, I follow the fads.
And scars on my head? I've got scads!
While curved blades are good
For the dressing of wood,
I can't seem to avoid pop-up adz!

(Heh-heh-heh! Oh, my! As frequently stated, the primary reason for The OEDILF to exist is simply to have fun with it and, my goodness, this one was fun to write! It's silly, it doesn't completely make sense, and I'm very proud of it.)


aesthesia (pronounced "es-THEE-zhia")

Aesthesia, I'm led to believe,
Is a clear back formation that we've
Gotten from "anaesthesia."
(I knew that would please ya!)
It's the ability to feel or perceive.


adenoma

Adenoma (according to rumor)
Means "benign epithelial tumor."
Remove one from me
And I'm sure that I'll be
In a thankful and joyous good humor.

(I couldn't help but notice that you didn't seem to agree with my assessment of my "adz" piece as being fairly brilliant. The image I was going for was one of wood-working implements popping up out of a computer. Humorous, yes?)


aerosol

In writing a limerick, I've stated
On its meaning I'm often fixated.
I notice that "aerosol"
Rhymes so well with "parasol."
It's a damn shame they're so unrelated!


affect

Affect, as a noun, will belong
In a sentence where feeling is strong.
But if some execs
Write about "side affects,"
It's a cinch that they're using it wrong!

(OK, did I mention that I had scars in my head. Aw, c'mon! That was funny!!)


On an unrelated note, I notice that some people post limericks one per post. Is there an advantage or disadvantage to doing it this way?

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Aesthesia, I'm lead to believe,
Is a clear back formation that we've
Gotten from "anaesthesia."
(I knew that would please ya!)
It's the ability to feel or perceive.



Perhaps it's already been said,
But the past tense of "lead" is "led."
Critical readers complain
You've stopped using your brain.
Is it overworked lately, or dead?
 
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My use of "lead" there (since corrected, thank you) was an "elemental" error.

J.T., you're not one of those people who say "I've been a language copper for neon 20 years. If he makes another mistake, I'll barium!"


(Good catch, though. Thanks.)
 
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Critical: (by Jerry Thomas)

Perhaps it's already been said,
But the past tense of "lead" is "led."
Critical readers complain
You've stopped using your brain.
Is it overworked lately, or dead?

I thought it was good enough to be in the dictionary.
 
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Originally posted by Chris J. Strolin:
My use of "lead" there (since corrected, thank you) was an "elemental" error.

(Good catch, though. Thanks.)


CJ: I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has tried that line. The fame of such puns is mercurial. If you indulge too often, you'll need lots of iodine for the injuries from your detractors. If I were you I would stop now rather than go for the gold with any more. And anyway, you're going to be much to busy ironing out the kinks in our lime ricks to spend further effort on this matter.
 
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AVUNCULAR

Avuncular's a very old word
That nowadays seldom is heard.
It refers to the brother
Of your father or mother,
Who's usually a fairly strange bird.

(I know, I know; AV is far away. But the word popped into my head, and I couldn't resist.)
 
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I notice that some people post limericks one per post. Is there an advantage or disadvantage to doing it this way?
The forum is set to start a new page after 50 posts/replies. If there are a lot of long posts, the page may well take a long while to display, especially for those without the benefit of a broadband connection.

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Jo to CJ: I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has tried that line. The fame of such puns is mercurial. If you indulge too often, you'll need lots of iodine for the injuries from your detractors. If I were you I would stop now rather than go for the gold with any more. And anyway, you're going to be much to busy ironing out the kinks in our lime ricks to spend further effort on this matter.

If we argon to go here, I'll get a tiny bit looneon these puns.
Let's barium. We've sulfured enough.
 
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affidavit

Though Joe made a sworn affidavit,
The lawyer neglected to save it.
His statement in writing
Was barred from indicting
The perp, so in person he gave it.
 
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agami

The agami's found in Brazil:
It's red, with a long yellow bill.
This species of heron
They say is a rare'un.
For birders, to spot it's a thrill.
 
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abashed

When abashed, you feel kind of uneasy,
Embarrased, and possibly queasy.
You're Self-conscious when praised,
By the folks you've amazed,
When you've really just done something sleazy.
 
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Sigg, you have a PM.

Everybody else, I should have major news within a day or two.
 
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aga

I'll tell you the names of some Agas
Who feature in Pakistan's sagas:
Muhammad, Karim,
Ali Shah. It would seem
That none had a liking for haggis.

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Originally posted by Seanahan:
Critical: (by Jerry Thomas)

I thought it was good enough to be in the dictionary.


I agree. J.T., request you resubmit this when we get to the L's.
 
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Originally posted by Tim Alborn:
_aga_

...That none had a liking for haggas.

This cracks me up though I may be in the minority here unless you add an Author's Note explaining what haggis (with an I; you're referring to the Scotish dish of minced beef hearts, right?) is.

I add this note here not to workshop this piece but to mention that haggis was the inspiration for my last 2-point-winning entry in the Bluffing Game in the Wordplay section. I've never tasted the stuff but I hear it's memorable.

And, should anyone be waiting for be to blow a gasket, no, "haggis" is not a perfect rhyme for "sagas" but for a punchline as snappy as this one, it's more than close enough!
 
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Originally posted by sigg:
_Acrania_

If you suffer from _acrania_,
You don't have a type of mania.
It does affect your head,
But physically instead.
"No skull bones" I say to ya.

Since sigg specifically requested feedback, we workshopped this one a bit via PM and came up with the following co-authored piece:

The dysfunction that's known as acrania
Is no mental disorder or mania.
It's not "all in your head."
It's what's not there instead.
"You've no skull bone" is what I would say to ya.

(editted Jul 28th to correct a spelling error. Can't have those in a dictionary!)

The workshopping aspect of the new website is being worked on right now and I'm absolutely salivating at the prospect. This is gonna be fun!

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More fun than Britney Spears?Big Grin
 
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Quote "...I've never tasted the stuff but I hear it's memorable..."

It's not bad - rather like a faggot (a UK dish popular in the north of England, I hasten to add) but rather drier as it has a lot of oatmeal in it.

Typically served with much style at Burns Nights and washed down with large quantities of malt whisky (which can optionally be poured over the haggis itself).


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R.E., I'll take your word for it. Thanks much.

Tim Alborn, you started this! You have a PM.
 
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agama (a' ga-ma)

The agama, with or sans beard,
Is a lizard which looks rather weird.
With a tail that's thorny
And scales quite horny
It makes some Egyptians afeard.
 
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afford:
afford used to mean "to go forth"
but now it is used to show worth
if you have it to spare
you can use the word there
but you'll soon find yourself with a dearth
 
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Welcome to the board, Iris!

For what it's worth, your name (a very attractive one, by the way) has inspired a new thread in the Wordplay section entitled "Name that Body Part" which you might want to check out.
 
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Abracadabra
What magic these words can evoke! In
Aramaic: "I'll create as I've spoken";
In some long ago hour,
Incredible power;
In modern times, nothing but hokum

(I know there were a couple for Abracadabra already, but none of them mentioned the Aramaic source.)
I'm not sure about the word 'but' in the last line. The verse scans better without it, and the word 'in' comes out at the beginning of the phrase, which is more consistent, but I'm not sure if the transition is clear enough without the 'but'. What do you think? (Any other suggestions are also more than welcome).

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Greetings! And welcome to the board. Feel free to wander around.

The workshopping half of the new oedilf.com website is in its final tweaking stage and should be up shortly. All critiquing etc will be done over there.

Thanks much for joining in. Mind if I ask where you heard about us?
 
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I heard about the OEDILF a while ago, from some site which had a bunch of random links which different people submitted I think. I can't remember what the site was called, though.

I didn't realize you had your own website already--heading there now.
 
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Welcome, Judah! Big Grin

We'd love you to stay with wordcraft, too. Our site is about words and language.
 
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Quote "...I'm not sure if the transition is clear enough without the 'but'. What do you think? (Any other suggestions are also more than welcome)..."

To my mind you could do without the "but". If you were to change the comma at the end of the fourth line to a semicolon, then I think the transition would be fine. The semicolon tells the reader that there is going to be a slight change in direction and that's exactly what your Limerick does at this point.

Excellent work, may I say.


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Thank you, Richard. I like your suggestion. (I also changed the word phenomenal to incredible). And CJ and Kalleh, thanks for the welcome.
 
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