October 31, 2022

OCT 30, Toronto oases: Rouge national park

OCT 31, dental feelings: Hallowe'en Verse for a dentist friend (sugary treats)


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

October 29, 2022

OCT 29, classic palindrome: 'mix a maxim'

Authors' Note: It is unclear why Max finds the maxim more worthy of indulgence than the tenet; the latter, it is noted is a palindrome. And so are Egad! an adage, and Mix a maxim, delightful phrases that may be found in lists of classic palindromes.

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

October 28, 2022

OCT 28, Toronto ravines: floating islands at the Brickworks WIP

technical glitch transferring videos remains unresolved.


See other views of Toronto's Brickworks HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.


October 27, 2022

OCT 27, objectionable adjectives: 'estival' and 'hibernal'

Authors' Note: In English there are fortunately many nouns that we can use as adjectives when the situation demands. In the opinion of this author, summer (adj.) and winter (adj.) are less cumbersome descriptors than estival and hibernal, despite the opinion of some lexicographers. 
You can review our editorially selected doggerel (eight verses) relating to 'Objectionable Adjectives' by clicking HERE.

October 26, 2022

OCT 26, limerick variations: C-rhyme extensions


Author's Note:  Well, yes. This verse does go on at length (including a D-rhyme extension), but in a highly regulated fashion that would have been applauded by the famed lyrical seer and his followers. Support by a cadre of Irish disciples had materialized initially, but to O'Malley's bitter disappointment, was unsustained globally.

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

October 25, 2022

OCT 25, mythed opportunities: Galatea (and Pygmalion)

Authors' Note: The ancient Greek myth about the Cypriot sculptor Pygmalion was recounted by the Roman poet Ovid in his epic work "Metamorphoses" in 8CE. The name of Pygmalion's self-crafted ivory love-object was not recorded until French romanticists picked up the issue in the 19th century. In 1871, the British comic playwright W.S. Gilbert composed a modernized spoof in blank verse, "Pygmalion and Galatea", that became a successful hit, as did "Pygmalion", George Bernard Shaw's theatrical contribution, and its musical and cinematic adaptations known as "My Fair Lady".

The illustration is taken from a drawing by Gerome done in preparation for his iconic painting "Pygmalion and Galatea"

You can take advantage of the whole spectrum of illustrated poems dealing with 'Mythed Opportunities' that we have collected on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE!

October 24, 2022

OCT 24, patients and their maladies: brain symptoms post-trauma

Authors' Note:  In American football, 'rushing' means running the ball after starting behind the line of scrimmage, not including forward passes. The play continues until the player carrying the ball, usually a backfielder, is tackled.

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!

October 23, 2022

OCT 23, STD-poetry: monkeypox

Authors' Note  In June 2022, the World Health Organization announced that
it would find a new name for 'monkeypox', to de-emphasize its overstated enzootic connection.    

You can review verses on this topic in a wider context in a post on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense" by proceeding to the post 'Ruination, Rumination and Reminiscence: STD-Poetry'. Click HERE. 


October 22, 2022

OCT 22, planet-saving verse: phosphate detergents

Authors' Note: 
Detergent is a Latin-derived term for a product that 'wipes away' dirt.
You might be interested to review our recent post about the dishwasher as a residential appliance.
You can help save the planet by viewing all our verses in this series at "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!

October 21, 2022

OCT 21, hellenophilia: Greek evzones


Authors' Note:

Evzone (EHV-zohn, anglicized form): member of anelite unit drawn from the Hellenic Army Infantry Corps

Grand Change: a more elaborate version of the hourlychanging of the guard (taking place on Sunday morning at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in
Athens' Syntagma Square), providing a popular photo-op for locals and tourists

klepht (KLEHFT): Greek fighter in the War of Independence

fustanella: kilt made from 30 meters of white cotton, supposedly with 400 pleats to represent the years of Ottoman occupation.

 Other verses discussing our appreciation of Greece and things Greek can be found on our blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE.

October 19, 2022

OCT 19, Canadiana: seniors' hockey

 Authors' Note: In ice hockey, a hat trick, denotes the scoring of three goals in one game by a single player. 
  The second verse is a spoof on the iconic Nanaimo limerick (the whole collection of these intriguing parodies can be found HERE).

  Hockey has a unique role, said to function as a foundation of national identity, as well as Canada's national sport. Beyond cheering the professional league players and national teams, there has been major growth in recreational hockey, both amateur leagues and informal games. The wide demographic now includes seniors and women. Reserved time at local ice-rinks, even in the wee hours, is a highly cherished commodity.

You can review poems, pictures and diverse nonsense related to Canada on the post "Canadiana" on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense".

October 18, 2022

OCT 18, reprehensible modern history: submarine warfare #3

Charleston, South Carolina played a major role in the development of submarine warfare. The Cold War Submarine Memorial is located at Patriot's Point in Mt. Pleasant SC, on the eastern side of Charleston harbor. 

Patriots Point; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina; submarines; nuclear weapons; Giorgio Coniglio

At our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense', you can review our entire collection of panels about the history of submarine warfare, as well as the lyrics to the parody-song "Relic Submarines". Click HERE

View the entire collection of poetic assertions on this topic (currently small, but growing) at our more encyclopedic blog 'Edifying Nonsense', by clicking HERE.

October 17, 2022

OCT 17, defining opinion: holler

 Our blogpost "Defining Opinion" on the topic-based blog "Edifying Nonsense" shows a selection of similar verses submitted to OEDILF (the online Omnificent English Dictionary iLimerick Form). You can see all of these on one visit by clicking HERE.

October 16, 2022

OCT 16, Ontario nostalgia: bunkie

Authors' Note: Although specific municipalities often have additional stringent regulations, the building code for the Canadian province of Ontario specifies that any property can have a detached structure measuring up to 10 square meters (108 square feet); plumbing and heating are not allowed in such structures. They may accommodate seasonal use for guests, although off-season or year-round storage of equipment is also a major use. Cottage owners and their guests have come to refer to these detached small buildings, often outfitted with bunk beds, as bunkies.

You can review the entire series of illustrated poems about  the good old days in Ontario by checking the post "Ontario Nostalgia" on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE

October 15, 2022

OCT 15, Toronto ravines: mysterious lower East Don

'mysterious', or at least, not easily accessible

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

October 14, 2022

OCT 14, doctors and their practices: the dermatologist

Authors' NoteDermatology is reputed to be a rather routine and phlegmatic area of medical practice. That view may not be entirely irrational; however, you may be glad that you and your family doctor can consult with these specialists should you be faced with a life- or lifestyle-threatening disorder such as pemphigus, mycosis fungoides, psoriatic arthropathy or melanoma.

You can view these informative verses in a wider context by proceeding to the collection 'DOCTORS and their PRACTICES' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!

October 13, 2022

OCT 13, numbers: baker's dozen, bark mitzvah (13)

 You can review our cumulated nonsense about 'Numbers and Counting' by clicking HERE.

October 12, 2022

OCT 12, pluralia tantum: the backwoods ('rural plurals')


Authors' Note: 

Urals: The Ural Mountains, a discrete range running north and south, separates old Russian from more sparsely populated Siberia, and is considered as the boundary between the continents of Europe and Asia.

 The above verses provide further examples of the grammatical phenomenon pluralia tantum. We have discussed in other verses here the relationship of pluralia tantum to medical nomenclature, to life-cycle celebrations, to cooking ingredients, and to fields of study.

Grandpa Greg asked us to pass on this message: "You can view the entire collection of verses about 'Pluralia Tantum' by clicking HERE."

October 11, 2022

OCT 11, patients and their maladies: the hoarder

Authors' Note: Although folks with this engrained problem may be categorized as having depression, schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder may be a psychiatric malady in its own right. 

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!

October 10, 2022

OCT 10, variant Nantucket limerick: the lad from Salinas

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends. See tomorrow's post for an illustrated verse about that great fall holiday!

Editor's Note: In order to read today's verse, you must provide proof that you are over the age of 12. 

Authors' Note: The Sankaty Head Light is a famous lighthouse on the US island of Nantucket. It also serves as the pictorial symbol for OEDILF, the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form. 

You can review our entire collection of spoof verses based on the iconic Nantucket limericks on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense' by clicking HERE.

October 9, 2022

OCT 9, funny bones: (hippo's) hip replacement



Author's Note: Hip replacement has become a surgical procedure that is frequently performed in humans, and is making inroads into veterinary practice in dogs and cats. Its role in jungle creatures and zoo inhabitants remains to be developed, parenthetically.

October 8, 2022

OCT 8, poets' corner: editorial balking


Authors' Note:
This verse bypasses the requirement at OEDILF for 'definition', in favor of the more reasonable targets of 'exemplification' and 'entertainment'. The author points out hesitatingly that 17 prior 'balk-verses' in OEDILF's data-base (as of 2022) altogether provide minimal definition of the many meanings of this puzzling word.
 You can find lots of other verses on this blog under the rubric "Poets' Corner".  Most of them are in limerick format, and have been subjected to the editing process at OEDILF, the Online English Dictionary in Limerick Form. To access all the others, type the phrase Poets Corner into the searchline on this blogpost (at the top of the righthand navigation column).

October 7, 2022

OCT 7, American satire (prolongation): 'a meticulous archivist'

Author's Note: Some readers may wish that the fifth line's 'BLOCKhead' could be replaced by another  assonance-laden word, targeted at the second line's melodic term 'riDICulous'.  

We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 40 more on this topic in 6 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 


October 6, 2022

OCT 6, (re)duplication: helter-skelter

Authors' Note: This (re)duplication has elements of impulsiveness, thoughtlessness and randomness in common with harum-scarumpell-mell and hodge-podge.

 Readers willing to go down an internet rabbit-hole HERE can easily get to our other eight short verses dealing with specific reduplications, as well as three fairly lengthy patter-songs about this fascinating linguistic phenomenon.

October 5, 2022

OCT 5, inspired by Ogden Nash: 'a sloth in a slough'

Ed note: Here's a morbid version of the iconic verse, "The Flea and the Fly" ...

Authors' Note: We love Ogden Nash poems, and we know that many readers do as well! So, you might enjoy our previous poetic perambulation around the topic 'Attribution to Ogden Nash'. Click HERE

Incidental Photo:

shrimpboats at sunset, Carolina lowcountry

October 4, 2022

OCT 4, brief saga (organic brain poetry): metabolic delirium

Authors' Note: The authors were surprised, on researching this point, to learn that urgent hospital admissions in patients with unsuspected cancer in the late metastatic phase are commonly triggered by symptoms of delirium. Among metabolic determinants, sometimes hypercalcemia (elevated blood calcium level) is found, but the cause of delirium may remain undiscovered. Hyponatremia (a low serum sodium level ) characterizes a relatively frequent metabolic derangement, not specifically linked to cancer, that may cause confusion, and even delirium or seizures, in elderly patients eating diets low in protein and salt.

This verse belongs to a series on organic causes of neuropsychiatric symptoms, the others being frontal meningioma, hypothyroid depression, general paresis of the insane, cerebral metastases, beriberi and high-dose steroids.

October 3, 2022

OCT 3, bar-fauna: Gary the gator

You can review photos and illustrated herpetologic verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Verses about Reptiles' (don't worry! no snakes)' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'.

Or, if you particularly liked this submission, you might want to refer to our entire collection of verses about bar-fauna: human and animal denizens of bars, pubs and other watering-holes. Click HERE.

Gary, as seen here is an excellent swimmer.

October 2, 2022

OCT 2, Italian loanwords: ciao


Authors' NoteYou can probably figure out how to pronounce the word 'ciao' if you  already know how to say ...
cello: the musical instrument, and 
Fauci: the well-known director of the American CDC (Centers for Disease Control), and pandemic maven.
Note, however, that in expressions like che schifo, the Italian letter 'H' blocks the vowel ('E' or 'I')  from softening the sound of the Italian 'C' into the ch'(church) sound of English, so that it retains its 'k' value
BTW, che schifo! means 'How disgusting! or How repulsive!, or Yuk!

You can review our entire poetic outpouring about Italian loanwords by proceeding to a post on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'; click HERE.

October 1, 2022

OCT 1, palinku (poetic novelty): restaurants, 3-verse medley

   In this post, we continue with a novel form of poetic wordplay. Inspired by Japanese haiku poetry, this new form is used for a terse verse with a total of 17 syllables displayed on three lines. Unlike its classic Japanese analogue, this concoction does not mandate the precise distribution of the syllables among the three lines, but does stipulate that each word in the poem be included in a palindromic phrase or sentence in English (i.e. one that can be read either forwards or backwards). 

  To help the reader discern the origin of the lyrics, each palindrome (generally occupying one of the three lines of the poem) has been color-coded. 

  And, just in case you have forgotten what palindromes are about, your blogsite hosts have arranged a serial set of brief lessons on the topic ('Political Palindromes'); click HERE

The interplay between dining and sinning is also the topic of this recently discovered palindrome ...

Dennis and Edna dined. Enid and Edna sinned. 

Verses of this type have continued to accumulate. You can view them all at one swoop if you  proceed with a single click to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

If you prefer, you could view most of this topically arranged material on Facebook, in Giorgio's photo-albums. (About 20% of those offerings consist of political satire or adult limericks, and you will have to be a 'friend' of Giorgio's to view that stuff.)