OK, this is the best lexicographical development I’ve seen in ages. Chris J. Strolin has started a completely insane project: “rewriting the highly revered OED… completely in limerick form. Possible? Yes. In one lifetime? I sincerely doubt it.” (The FAQ is here.) Here are his first few entries:
The very first word here is “a.”
It’s used with a noun to convey
A singular notion
Like “a duck” or “a potion”
Or top notch as when used in “Grade A.”
In geology this word is autonomous
And with rough-surfaced lava synonomous,
Yet the meaning it conveys
With two capital A’s
Is, of course, Alcoholics Anonymous.
(a sidenote: This is the first example of where I have corrected the old OED which defined “aa” as “a stream or a water course” with no mention of the more widely-known definition involving lava.)
An aal is a plant (this is clear)
Which yields a red dye kings revere.
Should you, Fred, and Ted
Go to paint the town red,
Sing out “Hail, Hail, the gang is aal here!”
But my favorite is by another member, wordnerd:
Consider this curious word:
He who steals cows from your herd
Commits the infraction
That’s known as abaction
(But rustling‘s the term that’s preferred).
Thanks to Grant Barrett for the link!
Update. OEDILF has moved to a new site, and I have replaced the links accordingly.