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 How to Twitter Limericks

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Remember 50 States is a song celebrating the USA. Great fun for group singing. Limericks are only the start.

 Tweet your Limerick Poems

As you all know, Twitter only allows you 140 characters and that includes punctuation and spaces. Twittering or tweeting a limerick poem to your adoring fans could be a problem.

Fortunately, the average limerick comes in just around the magic 140 number but what do you do if you have a cracking "they're all gonna love this verse" and it is too big? The answer is ingenuity, my son. A little bit of thought, and your limerick tweet can be made real neat.

Example of a limerick tweet

  • There was a young lady big hitter
    Who claimed she was never a quitter.
    She stood on her head
    Until she grew red,
    Then texted all about it on Twitter!

This limerick comes in at 149 characters, so how to lose the extra 9?

The adjective "young" could easily be varied so you ought to be able to find a three letter word. "Big, sad, fat, wee, fun, sly", any of these would do the trick. That reduces the excess to 7.

Changing the tense in the second line enables a further reduction: "claimed" becomes "says" and "was" becomes "is". In line three "stood" needs to change to "stands" gaining 1 character for an overall of saving of 3. Still four to go.

In line four "grew" changes to "goes" for no saving but lets us alter the last line from "texted" to "texts" saving 1 letter. Only two to lose.

Take away the full stop at "quitter" and the comma at "red" and voila! we have 140 characters. Removing the punctuation is a last step but do it if you really have to.

  • There is a fun lady big hitter
    Who says she is never a quitter
    She stands on her head
    Until she goes red
    Then texts all about it on Twitter!

Happy limerick Twittering!

Pasting in a formatted 140 character verse into Twitter seems to be regarded as too big. So it might be necessary to have the lines running together or keep a few characters under the limit.

Did someone tweet? Edward Lear cartoon

"Did someone tweet" is a cartoon borrowing from Edward Lear the famous "father of the limerick". Did he foresee Twitter?

Hallmark Cards Competition 2011 coming soon.

If you are entering the Hallmark Cards competition you are allowed to use "text speak" and this should enable U 2 manage if necessary.


Do you see a tutu for two?
For I see a tutu for you.
A tutu for me
Before you I see
As two for a tutu we queue!

The girl next door is a lulu
Who practises dance in a tutu.
When I see her skip
My heart has a blip
For her whom my heart has been true to!

Line three of this limerick was originally "gives" but looking to reduce the Twitter count means changing it to "has" and this gives the added benefit of increasing the alliteration - helping to convey the sense of your heart pounding at the sight of your true love.

@hallmarkcards A library starts with a book A romance begins with a look A marriage cn end W/ a terrible rend But not if U learn 2 cook

Now wanted for a lonely heart
An actress who can play the part
A starlet with style
& wonderful smile
But you'll do, my love, for a start!

@hallmarkcards Wanted for A lonely heart Actress who cn play the part Starlet w/ style Wonderful smile But U'll do, my love, for a start

Now wanted for a lonely heart
An actress who can play the part
A starlet with style
& wonderful smile
But you'll do, my love, for a start!

@hallmarkcards Wanted for A lonely heart Actress who cn play the part Starlet w/ style Wonderful smile But U'll do, my love, for a start

So now you know how to Twitter a limerick -- all you need is inspiration.


 "It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense" - Mark Twain

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