August 31, 2020

AUG 31, wordplay maps: new world palindromes (#35,#36)

You can view the entire collection of these 50 wordplay maps, by accessing the collection 'Tourists Palindromic Guides: The Americas'. Start by clicking HERE


August 30, 2020

AUG 30, patients and maladies: BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy)

Authors' Notes: 
-trophy: a Greek suffix, as in hypertrophy, atrophy or dystrophy, derived from trophe (nourishment)
trophy: a decorated cup or other prize, from the Greek root tropaion, a rout or victory.
  The author has had first-hand experience of these unpleasant symptoms. In fact, despite the comment in the verse, having BPH does not eliminate the chance of also having cancer. Consult your physician; they will likely do tests to ensure that cancer is not also present.

You can view these verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Nurse-Verse: Patients and their Maladies' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!

August 29, 2020

AUG 29, magical palindromes: 'A man, a plan (racy, carnal) -- Paris'

You can become an expert fan of our wordplay concoction 'magical palindromes' by reviewing the explanatory material found in ancient days on our full-service blog "Edifying NonsenseHERE; then, you could check how we applied this technique to 'canal palindromes' by viewing this more recent post.


August 28, 2020

AUG 28, wordplay maps: new world palindromes (#33,#34)

You can view the entire collection of these 50 wordplay maps, by accessing the collection 'Tourists Palindromic Guides: The Americas'. Start by clicking HERE

August 27, 2020

AUG 27, classic palindromes: 'Zeus sees Suez', plus various canal-pals


You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Reversing Verse: Limericks About Classic Palindromes' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. 

August 26, 2020

AUG 26, insects: gnat repellents

Authors' Note:  For several decades, there has been a prevalent belief that a particular bath oil product had the ancillary property of repelling attacks by swarms of gnats. However, objective testing by the American organization Consumers Union has debunked a special role for this product.  

You can review Giorgio's other verses about pesty and occasionally beneficial insects, as  collected in 'Buzzwords: Verses about Insects' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

August 25, 2020

AUG 25, waterfowl: laughing gulls

You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Immersible Verse: Limericks about Waterfowl' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. 

AUG 24, American satire: miscellany of verses



We hope that you enjoyed these verses. You can find 30 more on this topic in 5 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 

August 23, 2020

AUG 23, limerick variations: verses with embedded illustrations

Authors' Note

pic: informal abbreviation for 'picture’

   The author has the experience of posting on his blogs (as here) and on his Facebook profile, hundreds of his OEDILF limericks that are initially framed as Power-Point slides with embedded pictures (fabric art, paintings including portraits, cell-phone-camera and web-photos) and computer-generated graphics. If the illustrations are abundant, additional slides may be used for elucidation, and are a good vehicle for displaying the 'Author's Notes'. Poetic submissions that seem particularly appropriate for this type of enhancement include verses about biography, wildlife, tourist locations, food, visual arts and recreational activities.

You can review our entire collection of poems on the topic of "Limerick Variations" as compiled on our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense" by clicking HERE.  

August 22, 2020

AUG 22, Toronto ravines: lower Don, photocollages #1-3

If you are interested in wending your way through an encyclopedic collection of four blogposts stuffed with photo-collages on Toronto ravines, click HERE.

August 21, 2020

AUG 21, sleek Greek prefixes: APO-

Authors' Note:  Apollo in Greek mythology is the exquisitely handsome god of poetry, music, medicine and prophecy. 

Clicking HERE will introduce you to our entire collection of verses about the Greek prefixes!

August 20, 2020

AUG 20, singable satire: Tom Lehrer sings "ALLITERATIVE BINOMIALS, #2"


ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
Occasional binomials show alliteration
(e.g. one and only)

PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio,  2015. This song is the third of nine in the series on Word Pairs. You can find the links to the lyrics of the previous songs at the bottom of the post. 

EXPLANATION: The current effort involves a linguistic device discussed by Wikipedia as “Siamese twins” or ‘Irreversible Binomials”. These 
phrases include some of the most colorful expressions in English. There are probably a thousand binomial expressions in the English language. To enhance the singability, I have skewed my selection of binomial pairs here, to emphasize those that have alliteration of the 2 elements. 
For discussion of binomials, see the recent post HEREthere is a also an earlier post that honors our previous exploration of these intriguing expressions, and is entitled "The Allure of Word-Pairs: Alliterative Binomials (compendium)".

UKULELE and GUITAR-FRIENDLY LINK: Our whole series of songs can be found in a friendly format for ukulele (and guitar)-players on our sister blog  "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". Click HERE to proceed to this site. 

Dungeons and dragons, dark and dank, and dear departed, do or die, 
And cliques and clans,  and kith and kin, and bag and baggage, flee and
Head over heels, and belle and beau, Beauty and Beast, and two for tea,
And mind and matter, mine and mill, and flew through flue, the fly and flea. 

There’s vim and vigor, pain or pleasure, fast and furious, slow but sure
And watching waiting, safe or sorry, walking wounded, kill or cure
And grins and giggles, hems and haws, and his and hers, guys gals or dolls
And quake and quiver, black and blue, right wrong, St. Peters and St. Paul's. 

There’s stress and strain, and short and stout, and scratch and save, and shirts and shorts
Shoes socks, and art and artifice, and toil and trouble, tarts and tortes
And read and write, bold beautiful, and beg or borrow, this-and-thats
Moon o'er Miami, baked and battered, where or when, and heads and hats.

There's prince and pauper, prim and proper, pots and pans, and put-upon 
And drunken and disorderly, warp woof, wrack ruin, and AlAnon.
The order of paired elements - important? yes, no, may-aybe;
Be careful not to throw out the bathwater with the ba-aby.

Yet, slip and slide, not hair nor hide, the definition gets defied, 
Like 'Prejudice' before the 'Pride', so 'side by side' is classified
With home sweet home, rose is a rose, eye for an eye, and nose to nose - 
These phrases pose the gap to close that spaces poetry from prose.

There's Jack and Jill, from dusk 'til dawn, bumper to bumper, inch by inch,
And first and foremost, hand in hand, with spice and sugar, just a pinch.
"What's right is right, what's fair is fair", said more and more by Mo-other,
From sea to shining sea, if it's not one thing, it's ano-other. 

August 19, 2020

AUG 19, bottom line of medical humor: Beano

Authors' Note

cruciferae: vegetables in the cabbage family

Aspergillus: more fully, Aspergillus niger, the species of fungus from which chemists derive alpha-galactosidase, the principal active enzyme ingredient of flatulence-suppressants.  The concept of a supplement to suppress the discomfort and gas associated with eating vegetables such as beans and cabbage was presumably proposed by Benjamin Franklin in the 1780s. In 1981, Alan Kligerman initiated research that resulted in the development of the commercial enzymatic supplement Beano® , and a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1991. 

You can view these informative verses in a wider context by proceeding to the collection 'The BOTTOM LINE of MEDICAL HUMOR' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!

August 18, 2020

AUG 18, poets' corner: the philosophy of limericks

 You can find lots of other verses on this blog under the listing "Poets' Corner".  Click HERE.

August 17, 2020

AUG 17, trees: appletree (fabric art)

fabric art; textile art; Rebecca Hurwitz; trees;
"Apple tree" (fabric art contributed by RCH)

You can find other examples of awesome illustrative fabric art on this blog in posts for the dates January 25, and March 19, 2020, and January 2, 2021.

You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Uprooted Verse: 'Poems about Trees' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". 

August 16, 2020

AUG 16, geysers: 'The Geysers', California

You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Poetry that Spurts: Verses about Geysers' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense".

August 15, 2020

AUG 15, commercial product: cellphones for lizards


Authors' Note:  The gecko, a non-threatening species of lizard imported accidentally into the United States (with range expanding in the last few decades), has entered the popular consciousness due to advertisements by GEICO (acronym for the Government Employees Insurance Co.) which feature a British-accented lizard, who gives advice on purchasing auto and other insurance.

   Voice-activated assistance (for humans) on Apple cellphones is provided by a persona known as ‘Siri’. As saurian is a synonym for reptilian, (and the suffix ‘-saur’ is well-known in regard to current and ancient lizard species), you won’t be surprised that we have developed an assistant named ‘Sauri’ for the high-tech gecko community. 

Our range of domestic and commercial products is somewhat limited, but you might want to review our unusual prospective gifts on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

August 13, 2020

AUG 13, wordplay maps: r-i-c anagrams #3+#4


You can view the entire collection of 18 wordplay maps of 'R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N-S in Canada' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense" by clicking HERE.

August 12, 2020

AUG 12, portraits of couples: mallard ducks


Enjoy an illustrated poem about the mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos, by clicking HERE.

August 11, 2020

AUG 11, pandemic romance: squid in the time of COVID

Editors' Note: This 2020 verse was expanded at a later point to three verses, and therefore meets the requirements to be considered a 'brief saga'.

You can review illustrated verses on this topic in a wider context by proceeding to 'Pandemic Poetry' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense".

August 10, 2020

AUG 10, dental feelings (sentimental verse): flossing

 You can review the collection of illustrated verses on this topic by proceeding to the post 'Dental Feelingson our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'.

August 9, 2020

AUG 9, bi-lyrical limerick: 'liquor vs candy'

Be sure to check out the whole collection of 'bi-lyrical limericks' by proceeding to "Edifying Nonsense." CLICK HERE ! (Or, if you prefer, you could look over this stuff on Giorgio's Facebook photo-albums.) 


August 8, 2020

AUG 8, wordplay maps: new world palindromes (#31,#32)


You can view the entire collection of these 50 wordplay maps, by accessing the collection 'Tourists Palindromic Guides: The Americas'. Start by clicking HERE

August 7, 2020

AUG 7, anagram swarm: A-VERY-STABLE-GENIUS, #18

You can review an amazing number of anagrams based on this book title on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. There are two posts to view: 
'A Very Stable Genius': Theme and Variations (97 anagrams),   and 
'A Very Stable Genius': additional funky anagrams.

August 6, 2020

AUG 6, cinematic guide: Inspector Clouseau's app

Authors' Note: This verse is a fantasy derived from my favorite gag in the Pink Panther films, which highlight exploits from the career of Inspector Jacques Clouseau
  The bumbling Inspector has major troubles in checking into hotels wherever he goes. Many scenes are set in Paris, where everyone speaks perfect English except the protagonist. Beset by a thick French accent, he has difficulty making himself understood, as when he negotiates with a hotel clerk to rent a "r~rheume" (room).

You can view our collection of verses about the cinema on our encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE

August 5, 2020

AUG 5, political palindromes, M

From this point, you can proceed either forwards or backwards.

For FORWARD, proceed to the next set of 'POLITICAL PALINDROMES' on August 22.
For BACKWARD, return to the previous set on July 18.

OR, return to the ORIGINAL POST on this topic on June 14.