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If you’re new to the all the A-to-Z shenanigans, click the image at the right and you’ll be whisked away to the source of the goodness! Today, I give you…

Clerihew
/ˈklerəˌhyo͞o/
Noun: A short comic or nonsensical verse, typically in two rhyming couplets with lines of unequal length and referring to a famous person. Named for Edmund Clerihew Bentley, (10 July 1875 – 30 March 1956) who invented the clerihew.

EC Bentley

Some examples, you’ll forgive me for their clunkiness:

I love Hugh Jackman, oh yes!  
But with Wolverine, I’d be a mess.  
His sharpness he can’t put aside
And I’d never be able to abide
Abraham Lincoln was the bomb.
He abolished slavery with aplomb.
If only he stayed away
The night they put on that play.
To me, David Letterman used to be so funny
I’d watch his show nightly with my honey
I don’t have one reason why I stopped
But I can give you ten, with the worst on top. ;0

Do you have a clerihew in you? Leave it in the comments!

My 2011 post: C for Conspiracy Theories

Today’s Photo for #photoadatapril theme “mail”

Here’s something that arrived in today’s mail.  I’m going to teach some friends how to play Mah Jongg (which is not the online game Tai Pei) that I learned when I was a kid and my mom used to have a group that played together all the time. When you win the game, you shout Mah Jongg!  I’ve used the “1977” finish of this pic in instagram, to bring you back to when I learned the game… *twinkle twinkle into my memory montage*

Check out The National Mah Jongg League for details about the Game of Sparrows.

About the Author Corinne

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  1. How cute your clerihews are! (love Hugh Jackman) And thank you for teaching me something new.

    Here’s mine:

    I wish I could be Ryan Seacrest
    His teeth are so white and really the best
    His voice is as sweet as honey
    And earns him a lot of money

    Happy A-Z!

  2. Roger Federer is surely the very best,
    In his shadow lie all the rest,
    He’s suave, he’s sophisticated, such an ace,
    Oh what I’d give to see his face!

    That was just off the top of my head, but hope you like it!
    Great post again Corinne!

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan

  3. I love that clerihew (hadn’t heard the word before) and I’m impressed by your commenters above (not surprised that Duncan wrote about Federer though!) My mind has gone a blank but if I manage to think of a clerihew later in the day I may well pop back.

    I’m doing the A to Z Challenge too at A to Z of Nostalgia

  4. i love this formless rhyming form!

    for my ms to be a movie
    i’d have stars you’d like to see
    starting with reese witherspoon
    mama to be so not real soon…

  5. What a wonderful entry! I love novel words and I love them even more when they require me to write a bit of poetry:

    I admire Ms. Dororthy Parker
    Her stories were often such corkers
    I admit I’d be slightly afraid
    Since me I’m sure she’d fillet!

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