||Here's inspo for new-word poems
||Write a poem of eight lines or fewer featuring one or more of these recent additions to m-w.com.
||Well, that's just great -- It’s Limerixicon XVI
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "gr-".
||Not-ables -- slightly alter a famous name
||Slightly alter the name (make sure the original is obvious) of a famous personage -- past or present, real or fictional -- and describe the resulting nonpersonage, or offer a quote from that person, or both.
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||We GIVE you Limerixicon XIV
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "gh-" or "gi-".
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||D-E-F Comedy Jam (or E-D-F, etc.)
||Coin a threeword phrase (you may add an insignificant word or two) whose words begin with D, E and F — in any order — and describe it.
||The Sound of Science
||Write humorous lyrics on the subject of science or technology, set to a well-known tune.
||TankaWanka 3: Haiku Plus Tu
||Write a TankaWanka about something that's been in the news lately. The poem must consist of five lines of 5, 7, 5, 7 and 7 syllables in that order. And at least two of the lines must rhyme.
||Gorey bits from A to Z
||Send us one of more edgy rhyming alphabet-primer couplets.
||Don't be afraid of the dark
||Write lyrics to a song that, in some way, express hope.
||Gee, it's Limerixicon XIII!
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "ge".
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||The ballad box
||Write a song related to this year's elections, set to a familiar tune.
||What's my (next) line?
||Take a line from any song and pair it with your own second line to make a humorous rhyming couplet; the second line should match the rhythm of the first, rather than the second line of the song itself.
||Be caustic by acrostic
||Review or otherwise describe a movie, book, play or TV show (or Internet equivalent) with words whose first letters spell out the name of the work.
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||B all you can B
||Change a word, phrase or name by adding one or more B's, and/or by replacing one or more letters with B's, and define your new term.
||Write a humorous poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2015.
||Tabby Road -- songs for cats
||Write a song for -- or about -- cats or other animals, set to a familiar tune.
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||Someone else's business
||Name a real brand, along with something else it would be a better name for.
||Are 'hew ready? A contest for clerihews
||A clerihew is a humorous four-line rhyming poem about a person whose name is mentioned in the first line; in fact, the name must be at the end of that line (or constitute the whole line) so that it has to rhyme with something. The rhyme structure (and we don't want "lazy" rhymes) is AABB: the first line rhymes with the second, the third with the fourth.
||Yux Redux: Play on a foreign phrase
||Make a word play on a foreign phrase or term (or English phrase using foreign words) and describe it.
||Right in the pampootie
||Write a humorous short poem (eight lines or fewer) incorporating one of the 50 provided words.
||You got another sing coming
||Write a song about a topic or person lately in the news, set to a familiar tune.
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||When you riff upon a store
||Use a wordplay on a song title as a name or slogan for a real or imagined business.
||Hearts of dorkness
||Write a humorous Valentine's Day sentiment to someone (or to some organization), either real or fictional -- either from you or from someone else you name. Plus an all-new option: We'll also be willing to run at least one really funny, clever, well-executed graphic.
||The news at 5
||Write a limerick about a recent news event.
||Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters "eq-" through "ez-".
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||The parody line
||Set your own, humorous words to the tune of a well-known song--except that you must preserve one of the original lines.
||Eat our dust!
||Write a limerick humorously describing a book, play, movie, or TV show.
||Take a line from any well-known poem and pair it with your own second line to make a humorous couplet.
||Create a phrase by combining a word or phrase with an anagram of that word or phrase, and define or describe it.
||Write a humorous poem about someone who died in 2011.
||Say that again
||Double a word, or use a word and its homophone, to make a phrase, and define it.
||H H |
||Free and Lear
||Write a limerick using the first two lines of any of Edward Lear's 115 limericks plus your own remaining three lines.
||The 400 blows
||Write a humorous poem--choose your form--about the Virginia earthquake, Hurricane Irene or another well-known natural event.
||Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters ea- through -el.
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||Now sit right back ...
||Write a funny song introducing a TV show, past or present.
||Use the title of a movie as the answer to a riddle or other question.
||Write a very short four-line “poem” promoting a product or company, or offering advice to drivers; the poem must rhyme, in ABAB or ABCB rhyme scheme. A fifth, non-rhyming line may state the product name or a conclusion.
||A remeaning task
||Redefine a word in the dictionary beginning with I through O.
||A Banner Week
||Write entirely new, humorous lyrics to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner”; they can be on any subject.
||Give Us Willies
||Write an original Little Willie poem, perhaps reflecting our current era. This is a venerable four-line genre in which Master W. does some nasty thing and doesn't tend to learn to be a Good Boy by poem's end.
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||It's the eponymy, stupid
||Coin a word or expression based on the name of a well-known person, define it, and perhaps use it in a sentence
||Write a limerick whose third or fourth line is one of those listed above.
||Rekindling the spork
||Combine two devices or other products to make a new one.
||What's in a name?
||Take the name of a person or institution. Find within it a hidden message.
||Our greatest hit
||Start with a real word or multi-word term or name that begins with Q, R or S; add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter with another, or transpose two adjacent letters; and define the new word.
||Oilies but goodies
||Write lyrics somehow related to the oil spill, set to an existing tune.
||Humorously define or describe something or someone in exactly 10 words.
||Going to the shrink
||Downsize the title of a book, movie or play to make it smaller or less momentous and describe it.
||Write a brief (50 words or fewer) holiday letter from a personage from past or present, or from fiction.
||Supply a humorous limerick prominently featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters di-.
||The Inside Word
||Take any word -- this may include the name of a person or place -- put a portion of it in quotation marks, and redefine the word.
||Write some words to music that has no words.
||2 H |
||Briefly define or sum up an existing word or short phrase, then change it very slightly and do the same with the result.
||Write a humorous poem commemorating someone who died in 2008.
||H H |
||Clue Us In
||Compile a set of funny alternative clues to a crossword penned by Ace Constructor Paula Gamache.
||The 1K Club
||Supply a chain of 20 names -- they may be names of people, places, organizations, products, etc., but they must be names -- beginning and ending with "Chris Doyle."
||The Ballad Box
||Write a short, humorous song somehow relating to the presidential campaign, set to a familiar tune.
||Words to The Wiseacres
||Give us some proverbs for 21st-century life.
||Supply a humorous limerick featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters da-.
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