OED WW1 timeline Next post: 100 words that define the First World War

A book by any other name Previous Post: A book by any other name

letters

Limerick competition: the winners

When we asked for people to craft limericks about their favourite words, we weren’t sure what to expect. Would the OxfordWords readers rise to the occasion? Well, they did – and they did so magnificently.

The most popular ‘favourite word’ was winner (we see what you were trying to do there…) and they ranged from ossify and snide to kerfuffle and Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch. We even saw a (good-natured) ‘limerick battle’ take place in the comment section.

There can only be one winner of the iPad, though, and that honour (chosen by our dictionaries panel) goes to Emily W. and this limerick:

My weekends are quite bacchanalian
I do love a good madrigalian
So as you’d expect,
It’s really kismet
That my favourite word’s sesquipedalian.

New Oxford Rhyming DictionaryA worthy winner, we hope you agree. We were so impressed by the limericks, though, that we’ve also picked some runners-up to win the New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary, which contains rhymes for over 45,000 words, including proper names, place names, and foreign terms used in English.

The three runners-up are:

Molly F.:

The best word (or so goes my thesis)
Means ‘Cut a term into two pieces
and place, where it splits,
A-whole-nother word’ — it’s
Legen – wait for it – dary: tmesis

Andrew R.:

Our daughter, who’s really quite clever
Eschews all scholastic endeavour.
My requests for revision
Meet with scorn and derision
And her favourite expression – ‘Whatever’.

Act 2 Cam:

Say this word when you know you have troubles,
When the fury inside you just doubles,
You can sigh it or cry it;
However you try it,
You can’t say it angrily- BUBBLES!

The opinions and other information contained in OxfordWords blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Oxford University Press.