A blogsite offering entertaining daily oddities since January 2020. There are now over a thousand unique posts in these three years. Images, both visual and poetic, are drawn from daily life, as well as from verses, photos and computer-graphics on our parent blog "Edifying Nonsense".
October 31, 2022
OCT 31, Toronto oases: Rouge national park
October 30, 2022
OCT 30, death and the afterlife: ghostbusting equipment
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
October 27, 2022
OCT 27, objectionable adjectives: 'estival' and 'hibernal'
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.
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
October 23, 2022
OCT 23, STD-poetry: monkeypox
October 22, 2022
OCT 22, planet-saving verse: phosphate detergents
October 21, 2022
OCT 21, hellenophilia: Greek evzones
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
fustanella: kilt made from 30 meters of white cotton, supposedly with 400 pleats to represent the years of Ottoman occupation.
October 20, 2022
OCT 20, waterfowl: willets
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'. (Or, if you prefer, you can view them on Facebook in Giorgio's photo-albums).
October 19, 2022
OCT 19, Canadiana: seniors' hockey
October 18, 2022
OCT 18, reprehensible modern history: submarine warfare #3
October 17, 2022
OCT 17, higher connections: haredim
Various groups of strictly Orthodox or haredi (khah-RAY-dee) Jews represent an expanding demographic in Israel, assembling in particular neighborhoods (such as the suburbs of Jerusalem) where they carry out their lifestyle, rejecting and disdaining the secular environment, preferring a world characterized by observance of laws derived from the Torah (Old Testament). Their traditional dress reflects the groups' roots in 19th century Ashkenazi religious communities in northern Europe. The name (the plural noun form) originates from a biblical reference to those who tremble at the word of God.
With large families (averaging 7 children per female), these groups made up 4% of Israeli citizens in 1980, and 13% in 2021.
October 16, 2022
OCT 16, Ontario nostalgia: bunkie
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
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
October 13, 2022
OCT 13, numbers: baker's dozen, bark mitzvah (13)
October 12, 2022
OCT 12, pluralia tantum: the backwoods ('rural plurals')
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: hoarding disorder
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
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
October 7, 2022
OCT 7, American satire: 'from US federal archives'
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 30 more on this topic in 5 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-scarum, pell-mell and hodge-podge.
Readers willing to go down an internet rabbit-hole HERE can easily get to our other seven 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'
October 4, 2022
OCT 4, brief saga (organic brain poetry): metabolic delirium
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.
AND, HERE'S A LIST OF LINKS to collections of intriguing verses on other medical/dental topics that can now be found on various posts including:
Doctors and their Practices (part #1 and #2)
October 3, 2022
OCT 3, bar-fauna: Gary the gator
October 2, 2022
OCT 2, Italian loanwords: ciao
Authors' Note: You can probably figure out how to pronounce the word 'ciao' if you already know how to say ...
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.
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.