Ok, you might have noticed I have a tendency to write things in verse. Just a bit. Once in a while. But it's not like I have decided to, say, write the entire unabridged dictionary in Limerick form. In good limericks, with proper rhymes and anapest meter and peer review. And (I'm sure there is an appropriate Douglas Adams phrase here, but as I said, I am busy) alphabetically. It began in 2004 (from an idea hatched in 2003), and has made it to the early D words so far. I have contributed about a hundred, but only just over half of them have passed peer review so far; these people are strict. And they are good. And they are obsessive! There are authors with thousands of approved limericks!
So if that sort of thing tickles your fancy, pop over and give it a try! Or, if you just need a definition for something... in limerick form... for a word that begins DA or earlier... they probably have it.
Some of mine from the site:
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."
—Francis Bacon, Sr. (1561–1626)
braised by Cuttlefish
The little 4-H-er was praised
For the beautiful calf she had raised.
The judge said, "It shows
That you love Elsie Rose."
"Oh, I will", said the little girl, "braised."
Elsie Rose will be browned in fat and then simmered in a closed container.
chromium steel by Cuttlefish
She's a robot; she doesn't look real,
But she still has a certain appeal:
She has silicon eyes
And molybdenum thighs
And an ass made of chromium steel.
In 1921, when Karel Capek introduced the term robot, robots were assumed to be humanoid in appearance. Things have changed; most modern robots are not humanoid, and the term chromium steel has been replaced by stainless steel, referring to corrosion-resistant steel containing chromium content of at least 10.5% by weight.
chromatophore by Cuttlefish
Look again, and you might doubt your eyes:
It's the cuttlefish, cloaked in disguise!
What's its trick? There, within
Its remarkable skin
Are chromatophores, changing in size.
Chromatophores—cells, containing pigments, that can contract or dilate—are responsible for the amazing and ever-changing appearance of the cuttlefish. Cuttlefish make chameleons look like rank amateurs.