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Lipogram - Word Play with Nursery Rhymes

Updated on November 3, 2016

Lipogram - Word Play with Nursery Rhymes using the Letter O

Catherine Giordano gave us a Word-Play Challenge.

I accepted and had some very deep thinking of words to fit the nursery rhymes that meant the same word.

She showed us how "Peter Blinn composed a lipogram based on "Mary Had a Little Lamb" without using the letter “O.”

So I thought I would try to do a few Nursery Rhymes which I enjoyed reading in my younger days.

They are all "Lipogram" without the Alphabet letter "o".

Lipo means "lacking; without," and gram comes from gramma, meaning "letter".

Lipogram refers to any text composed of words which lack a particular letter.

Have a go doing one yourself it's fun, good for the brain.

Three Little Pigs

Without using any "O's,"

The original nursery Rhyme.

"Little pig, little pig, let me come in."
"No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin."
"Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down."


My version of Three Little Pigs without the letter "O"

"Little pig, little pig let me walk in."

"Nay, Nay by the hair near my chinny chin chin."

"Then I'll huff, and puff, and I'll sneeze at the hut until it crashes."

The Three Little Pigs - Animated Story Book

Little Boy Blue,

The original nursery Rhyme.

Little Boy Blue,

Come blow your horn,

The sheep's in the meadow,

The cow's in the corn;

Where is that boy

Who looks after the sheep?

Under the haystack

Fast asleep.


My version of Little Boy Blue without using any "O's,"

Little Guy Blue,

Please strike a blast with the bugle,

Because the sheep's in the grass,

The calf's in the maize,

So where is that guy that minds the sheep?

Under the haystack

Fast asleep.

Little Jack Horner

The original nursery Rhyme.

Little Jack Horner

Sat in the corner,

Eating a Christmas pie;

He put in his thumb,

And pulled out a plum,

And said 'What a good boy am I.


My Version of Little Jack Horner without using any "O's,"

Little Jack Trump-per

Sat in the bean bag,

Eating a Christmas pie;

He put in his thumb,

And exerted a plum,

And said "What a nice chap I'm."

Have you tried writing a Lipogram?

Take any poem, story, or line and rewrite it without using a specific letter.

It's fun, you will laugh at the end result.

Good for your health - Laughter.

Baa Baa Black Sheep - Nursery Rhymes

The original nursery Rhyme.

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes, sir, yes, sir,

Three bags full;

One for the master,

And one for the dame,

And one for the little boy,

Who lives down the lane.

My Version of Baa Baa Black Sheep without using any "Os,"

Baa baa black sheep,

Have ewe any fleece?

Yes, sir, yes, sir,

Three bags full;

share it equally with;

The master,

The dame,

And the little man that lives in the lane.

Lipogram Nursery Rhymes

Which Nursery Rhyme That I rewrote do you like best?

See results

Humpty Dumpty

Image Credit - Pixabay.com Try writing a lipogram about Humpty Dumpty with out any "O's". and leave it in the comments below I will respond to it. Have fun.
Image Credit - Pixabay.com Try writing a lipogram about Humpty Dumpty with out any "O's". and leave it in the comments below I will respond to it. Have fun.

© 2015 Elsie Hagley

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      Elsie Hagley 23 months ago from New Zealand

      Thanks, for viewing lot's of fun to be had by trying to write an lipogram, doesn't need to be a nuresy-rhyme.

      Yes, interesting cartoons.

      All the best to you for 2016.

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      Mary Norton 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow...really interesting. The illustrations are spot on.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Jodah for the return visit.

      Even I find them very interesting some six weeks later to read.

      They certainly bring a smile to my face, what I came up with, and I think the pictures go well with the end result.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I just had another read Elsie, I enjoyed these rhymes especially "the three little pigs".

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Twilight Lawns: Thanks for visiting, it was a very enjoyable experience writing lipogram word play article.

      I appreciate the note about "unwelcomed", bit uneasy about that question.

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      Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I loved the "Have ewe any fleece?" that replaced "Have you any wool?"

      Well done, I'm now following you because I like your style, and that we seem to think the same way.

      Note: Use of the word “unwelcomed”.

      Thanks for that.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      peachpurple: Thanks for the visited and nice comment. I enjoy doing lipograms. Looking at doing another one with a different subject.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you sure are good at reconstructing the nursery rhymes, i like the three little pigs

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great insight here and I so enjoyed reading. Voted up, useful, interesting.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Aliciac: Thanks for the visit, glad you liked the pictures, I think the little Jack Horner one suits the little piece of poetry perfect.

      Lipogram word play is a perfect way to pass a raining day-by as it is as challenging as doing a crossword puzzle, and very good for the old brain.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I had never heard of a lipogram before this challenge. Creating them sounds like fun. I love your examples! I love the illustrations that you've chosen, too.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Manatita44: Yes great for kids like me, I'm still a child at heart and love having fun, keeps my mind alert.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, maybe I will have a go doing another lipogram with music lyrics.

      That could be fun. Happy days writing.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Good childlike fun, Elsie, and with much simplicity. Cute for parents here with kids, I suppose.

      Check out this poem when you have time:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Now-That-Loves-Got...

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Lady Lorelei: Thanks for the email appreciated, just learnt something new "Don't use hubpages forum links when writing an article".

      Until I read Catherine's hub I hadn't heard of Lipogram either, very happy I saw it because I had fun doing it and may write another one later in the year.

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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      I loved it. This would make a great educational and creative experience for kids. thanks.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I had not heard the term lipogram before. I really do learn something new every day here. Thank you for enlightening me on an old language play on words.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      PurvisBobbi44: I think this could be a great pass time while waiting for a bus, in the doctor surgery or even on a long trip.

      I know while I was writing them every morning while lying in bed I would try to think of a better word I could use.

      Have fun it's good for the brain and you can even get a laugh out of it with some of the words you come up with.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      That was so cute, My little niece will enjoy doing this when she comes to see Aunt Bobbi.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Jodah: Thanks for the vote up, glad you enjoyed them.

      CatherineGiordano: Yes they can go into the contest, looking forward to what others are writing.

      amazmerizing:Glad you liked the jack horner one, I think the image is a laugh.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Excellent work Elsie, these rhymes are great examples of lipograms. Voted up.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Wonderful. I love it. It made me laugh. Shall I consider these lipograms to be entries in the contest? Of course, I'm voting up and sharing.

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      Oh an interesting concept... dunno why but i like the jack horner one hahaha