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Question:
1) There once was a girl in Sun Prairie,
Who lived on a farm and raised dairy,
Both Jerseys and Holsteins,
While wearing her blue jeans.
Such wholesomeness led me to marry!

2) I once liked a guy from Sun Prairie.
But, re: sex, his moves were quite chary--
Then caught him in bed
With biker-friend Fred--
Was saved from bad choice by good fairy.

3) Barry, a bloke of Sun Prairie
Longed for the lovely lass, Mary
But she won't be his wife
She went under the knife
Now Mary calls himself Larry

4) A lunatic lad of Sun Prairie
Went seeking the Sugar Plum Fairie
When he went up a tree
Raptor eggs did he see
And an angry goshawk in 'er airie

5) He was going to Sun Prairie
And on the way he met a fairy
Who took him to a glen
Where there were many men
Drinking ale and making merry

6) A farmer who came from Sun Prairie
While looking for love in a dairy
Said, "I'll have to give in
The milkmaid is too thin
And all of the cows are too hairy."

7) If you find yourself down in Sun Prairie
I recommend that you be wary
As the kids often bite
And the men are a fright
And the women inclined to be scary

8) On Shu's way to Sun Praire
kalleh said, "Don't you tarry
Or make a big scene
Acting like a teen
Drinking till more than merry!"

9) Said a guy from Sun Valley, Wisconsin
Of his a cigarette lighter by Ronson
“A lamp may be brighter
Than my cigarette lighter
But only when it's been turned on, son!”

10) A restaurateur in Sun Prairie
On whose menu was Shrimp Calimari
Praised the singing and laughter
And happiness after
Satiety alimentary!

11) Two children who come from Sun Prairie
Saw a camel (or else dromedary,
It had one hump, not two)
On a trip to the zoo
Quite a trip for school elementary!

Choices:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

 
 
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I didn't play, too busy these days, but thought I'd cast a vote. I voted for 4 because it was my favourite of the few that actually got 2 proper rhymes for Prairie, and there are so many rhymes for Prairie I am surprised how many limericks missed the mark. But it is good to see so many limericks. Not sure how the Wisconsin one got allowed in, but it did make me laugh.

1. Marry rhymes with carry and tarry but not Prairie
3. Larry rhymes with marry and carry but not Prairie, should have used Carey
5 & 8. Merry rhymes with berry and cherry but not Prairie
10. Calimari rhymes with starry but not Prairie
11. In elementary the last syllable is the one with the emphasis so it doesn't rhyme either.


Regards Greg
 
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Sorry, Greg, but in my world all those listed rhyme with Prairie.
 
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Love seeing you back, Greg, but, as usual, I disagree with what you think does and doesn't rhyme. Clearly, it is accent.
 
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WE NEED MORE VOTES!!!!
 
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the few that actually got 2 proper rhymes for Prairie
Greetings again, Greg! You definitely do not speak Inland Northern American English. Wink

My grandmother & her siblings pronounced these words differently. Tho raised in upstate-NY, their mother was from Halifax, father was raised & educated in parts of N & SC that still make those distinctions. Their a's were as follows:
Marry as in cat, merry as in pet, Mary as in fair
Mom & I followed suit, but by the time you get to my 15-yrs-younger bro, that nasally sound-alike "a" completely dominates.
 
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11. In elementary the last syllable is the one with the emphasis so it doesn't rhyme either. 11.

I feel obliged to object to this objection, citing none other than W.S.Gilbert hisself. In the example presented with the original challenge,
--necessary
--arbitrary
--vagary
--quandary
--library
--Seminary
all had their accent placed on the penultimate syllable. So there is indeed "evidence before the Court that chorused Nature has interested herself in the matter," and let it stand without even the insertion of a single word.

But I do share your Mary/merry/marry distinction. It's a US regionalism, and can be used (among other such) to place your upbringing fairly accurately.
 
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To me only 2,4,6 and 7 actually rhyme (and 9 but that has the small problem of not only not having the place in the A rhyme position , but not actually including it at all!).

So either I have a very limited choice or I'll have to assume that they rhyme for the writers. On the latter basis I'll choose 3.


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Ten was clearly a G&S riff, which was clever, rhyme or no rhyme. It got my vote - but I did have to look cross-eyed to make it scan. Wink

I agree with Greg in principle, but in practice, they're all good enough for me!
 
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Hot times can be found in Sun Prairie
Bit I think it is best to be wary.
A guy there named Scopes
Claims he'll show you the ropes
But beware. Scopes is secretly fairy.
 
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Originally posted by haberdasher:

--Seminary
Didn't one of these thaw recently, leaving ary any semen left?

Kalleh, who wrote the winnah? I doubt you'll get any more votes.
 
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Alors? Well? So? Hoo writ what?
 
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The envelope, please?

#1 - Kalleh (and I don't have to eat my hat - no votes)
#2 - Bethree
#3 - Geoff
#4 - Geoff
#5 - Sattva
#6 - Bob
#7 - Bob
#8 - Sattva
#9 - Hab
#10 -Hab
#11 -Hab

Hab is the big winner! However, Geoff will come up with the next venue because of the tie last time. Take it away, Geoff!
 
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Originally posted by Kalleh:
The envelope, please?

#1 - Kalleh (and I don't have to eat my hat - no votes)
#2 - Bethree
#3 - Geoff
#4 - Geoff
#5 - Sattva
#6 - Bob
#7 - Bob
#8 - Sattva
#9 - Hab
#10 -Hab
#11 -Hab

Hab is the big winner! However, Geoff will come up with the next venue because of the tie last time. Take it away, Geoff!


You're wrong Kalleh. You did get a vote, --- mine!!!
 
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Originally posted by Kalleh:

Hab is the big winner! However, Geoff will come up with the next venue because of the tie last time. Take it away, Geoff!
Didn't history repeat itself? Hab and I both got two votes, but his were concentrated on one superior limerick. Mine were spread over two lesser ones. To the winner go the spoils, and Haberdasher won fair an' square. You pick the next place, Hab! (If I had won I woulda picked Oxnard! Confused )
 
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Well, I don't care. Whoever wants to go, please do it.

However, you had tied last time, Geoff, and I thought we had agreed that you'd go next. But - if you want Hab to, that's fine too.
 
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Seems to me that whether he likes it or not Geoff has, de facto, picked the next place - Oxnard.


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OXNARD it is. Is the A to rhyme with “forward” or with “retard"?
Either way it’ll be a challenge. :-)
 
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Since you chose it, the rhyme is up to you. Had I been the winner, I'd have made it "OX-nard," which is how it's said by the locals. Well, how it used to be said. Now the city itself is inhabited by people with Hispanic accents, so it's more like, "Oaks Nard."

Here's a street sign showing a seagull flying past an open sewer pipe. That says a lot about the place: https://www.google.com/search?...mgrc=CES4u2QH9XgggM:
 
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Originally posted by Kalleh:


However, you had tied last time, Geoff, and I thought we had agreed that you'd go next. But - if you want Hab to, that's fine too.
Yeah, well, I lied. Frown Maybe one of these days Ill get a licetime achievement award or something. Maybe some day I'll have my moon on the Oxnard Boulevard Walk of Infamy.

Hab, you REALLY don't need to use Oxnard! I was just being silly.
 
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No problem with using Oxnard
Unless it is simply too hard
But if you can’t do it
And choose to eschew it
You’re hoist by that famous petard!
 
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Well, Oxnard it is!
 
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Damn! Me and my big mouth!
 
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OXNARD thread is now open - entries by PM to me, and comments here, thank you very much.
 
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