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> > Although I am not sure about the fringe cases :
> > e.g. "beema"
> I'll gladly assent to the requirement that all words
> in the limerick be entries in the OED.
I would consider that rule a violation of artistic license.
Anyhow, the OED shows too much of a Queen's English bias, IMO. Why not the
American Heritage Dictionary? At least it has words like 'copacetic':
There once was a lim'rick aesthete
Who wanted all poems complete
With words copacetic
No meter pathetic
And humor of form quite discreet.
And no flames about the long lines above not being fully 3 foot anapestic,
either. I can count.