"The Limerick", a book-tape owned by James T. Kirk (far right)

A limerick is a type of short poem, often rude or funny, which follows a particular rhyming pattern. For instance, Julius Eaton's favorite limerick was:
There once was a painter named Seff
Who was color-blind, palsied and deaf
When he asked to be touted,
The critics all shouted:
'This is Art—with a capital F.'

(DS9 novel: Far Beyond the Stars)

Note that the last words in the first, second and fifth lines rhyme, as do the words in the second and third lines.


Thousands of years ago, Q amused himself with the notion of making Tkon Empire citizens speak only in limericks, or perhaps Ionian pentameter or sign language. (TNG - The Q Continuum novel: Q-Zone)

In 2257, Gilhooley played three-dimensional chess with James T. Kirk aboard the USS Farragut and told him some "off-color" limericks the day before an attack by a dikironium cloud creature. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution)

Nyota Uhura was skilled in composing limericks. After recovering from an attack by the space probe Nomad in 2267, however, Uhura wasn't sure if this was true or if Christine Chapel was just teasing her about them. (TOS - Constellations short story: "See No Evil")

Kirk relaxed in his quarters between missions in 2273 with some book-tapes, including one called "The Limerick". (TOS comic: "Aberration on Abaris")

In 2364, Data quoted a limerick while under polywater intoxication. (TNG episode: "The Naked Now")

In 2376, Tom Paris thought his own limericks were amusing, but didn't believe they showed a creative skill like playing a musical instrument, singing or painting. (VOY novel: Shadow of Heaven)

In 2379, Commander Rolando Valentin was known to tell rude limericks about Starfleet service, patriotism and anatomy. (TNG - A Time to... novel: A Time to Heal)



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