MEANING: noun: A humorous, often risque, verse of three long (A) and two short (B) lines with the rhyme scheme AABBA.

ETYMOLOGY: After Limerick, a county in Ireland. The origin of the name of the verse is said to be from the refrain “Will you come up to Limerick?” sung after each set of extemporized verses popular at gatherings. Earliest documented use: 1896.


GLIMERICK - the duration of an average sighting of the Loch Ness Monster; also, its appearance

LIVERICK - typical child's response to being served fried organ meat (with or without bacon)

LIMEDICK - the Green Whale