Isn't posting a "limerick" that is NOT a limerick actually false advertising??

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  1. petenali profile image84
    petenaliposted 6 years ago

    Isn't posting a "limerick" that is NOT a limerick actually false advertising??

    I have bit my tongue for quite a while now about all the "limericks" that get posted on Hubpages which are NOT true limericks.  They may be poems, but they are NOT limericks because they do not scan in the correct way or have the correct number of lines, or other contain other errors.
    And yet, these posters get numerous positive comments about their "limericks" despite them being named incorrectly.  If we were inaccurate in other things, we would be critiqued. 
    Am I the only one that feels this way?

  2. nochance profile image90
    nochanceposted 6 years ago

    I completely understand how you feel. I see many poems that are in the wrong categories yet still receive positive feedback.

    I think the problem is that many writers and readers don't understand form poetry. They focus only on the content.

    Personally I leave a kind comment explaining that the poem is in the wrong category. It is then their problem to change the poem or change the category. They usually don't but it makes me feel a little bit better.

    1. petenali profile image84
      petenaliposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I fear you are a better person than me.  You see I LOVE limericks and when I see one that is posted as such but isn't I am unable to leave a "kind comment".  Instead I leave no comment for fear I will say something I regret.

  3. pippap profile image81
    pippapposted 6 years ago

    Calling a poem a limerick only becomes false advertising if there is a desire to gain something from this misnaming of a piece of poetry.  If the person is not desirous of any kind of gain (money, acknowledgement, etc.); then, it is not false advertising.  False advertising is intended to mislead consumers into believing something that is not true.

    Having said that, I think someone should mention that this not a true limerick.

    1. petenali profile image84
      petenaliposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Understood.  The "false advertising" part of my question was playing devil's advocate a little.  But then again, I think the majority of hubbers are trying to "gain something" from their hubs.  At least that is my goal.

  4. JayeWisdom profile image90
    JayeWisdomposted 6 years ago

    I think an unwritten hub is calling your name, petenali....asking you to write it and explain "how to write a limerick."  Then, if someone posts a poem and incorrectly labels it a limerick, you will have done your best to teach him or her how a limerick should be written. 

    By the way, I've always enjoyed reading "true" limericks, but am not very good at writing them.

    1. petenali profile image84
      petenaliposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed JayeWisdom - I have begun the process for such a hub already.  Watch this space.

  5. MJFenn profile image74
    MJFennposted 6 years ago

    Right, so:

    "There once was a man from Japan,
    Whose limericks never would scan,
    When asked why he replied,
    Yes, but I always try to get as many words on the last line as I possibly can." (Anon.)

    ('Real' limericks are supposed to scan, one would add, glumly.)

    Right, so the US Embassy in Tokyo is supposed to launch a trade descriptions suit at some Imperial body or other??

    1. petenali profile image84
      petenaliposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have read that very "limerick" before and it is a very clever one.  If you go by the format of a traditional limerick, it does not fit. Sorry you are so glum, as that is the opposite result of a limerick in my opinion.  They should make you laugh!

  6. lupine profile image73
    lupineposted 6 years ago

    Some may not know what a true limerick is composed of. It would not be false advertising if they were not aware or posted unknowingly. It could be unintentional false advertising because they lack the knowledge.  Please tell me if this is a true limerick:
    There was a young pirate named Bates,
    Who attempted to rhumba on skates,
    He fell on his cutless
    Which rendered him nutless,
    Now he is useless on dates.
    (Hope this was not too improper to post or offended anyone.)

    1. petenali profile image84
      petenaliposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Another one I've heard before, but a good one however.  And yes, it would qualify in my opinion.  Not offended in the least, but shan't be doing any ballroom dancing whilst rollerblading!

  7. PAPA-BEAR profile image62
    PAPA-BEARposted 6 years ago

    I sat with this matter
    over a cup of tea
    did some head natter
    then typed what you see,
    perhaps some need to go
    to Limerick
    learn how they speak
    and how they think
    maybe on return
    they will write
    a Limerick
    that is quite right.

  8. innerspin profile image90
    innerspinposted 6 years ago

    Some "limericks" can make me cringe,
    But rather than sit here and whinge,
    I'll applaud your hub plan,
    You go for it, young man,
    Then we'll have a great limerick binge.

    1. petenali profile image84
      petenaliposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      @Innerspin - Now that's the spirit!  Let's all binge together...

    2. lupine profile image73
      lupineposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Great one!

    3. innerspin profile image90
      innerspinposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Jeepers, that could have been a new hub! Seriously, I don't think a limerick is worthy of a hub.

  9. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 3 years ago

    Here's a limerick I wrote called: Super Surrealism

    Superman the Man of Steel,

    Met Salvador Dali in the town of Medfield.

    He said, 'Paint my picture

    As a top baseball pitcher."

    The red sox and cape looked surreal.

  10. Perspycacious profile image78
    Perspycaciousposted 2 years ago

    Not unless you have to pay for it. ("too short") Not unless you have to pay for it.


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