The word limerick is a rather peculiar noun
It was named after Luimneach, a small Irish town
Because there was a song verse that included its name
Often found in these poems, which brought it some fame.
So let's break it down:
Luimneach comes from lom na each, which was found
to have a definition of "grassless horse ground".
That developed from Proto-Celtic for over an eon
And had the same meanings in Proto-Indo-European
But more with a lomm es hekwos sound.
Limericks today are usually one verse
And normally funny, but they're kept terse
They follow a predictable array
A rhyme pattern of a/a/b/b/a.
Anyway, cool origin to disperse.
Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a senior studying government and linguistics at Harvard University, where I co-founded the Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society. In addition to etymology, I also really enjoy trivia, politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, art history, and law.