double dactyl


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double dactyl

n.
A humorous rhymed verse in two quatrains of dactylic dimeter, usually having two nonsense words as the first line, the name of a person as the second line, and a hexasyllabic word somewhere in the second quatrain. Also called higgledy-piggledy.
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Among the poetic forms included are rondeau, terza rima, limerick, tetractys, cinquain, sonnet, pantoum, haiku, double dactyl, and epigram.
According to Mark, "I think the hardest part of making "Mary had a little lamb" variations is thinking of one that hasn't been done yet, but I think I have a new variant to go with my earlier one (with only words with doubled letters)." This one is a double dactyl lamb: Bleatally, blattally, Mary the shepherdess Had a white lamb which would Follow her path.
(Perhaps, one double dactyl leading to another, some then would have picked up a copy of the novel Tumbling in the Hay [1939], in which Gogarty turns the authorial tables on Joyce in depicting a jejune Dublin aesthete with the familiar name of "Kinch.")
Here is a case I call "The Double Dactyl Literary Mystery." It begins with James Whitcomb Riley writing a poem titled "Wrangdillon" (ca 1873).
My rewrite of "Wrangdillon" in double dactyl form: Dethery-tethery!
There are various specific forms of nonsense verse, including amphigory, double dactyl, holorhyme, and limerick.
In the February Word Ways, Don Hauptman's article on double dactyls inspired Fred Cookinham to put the rules for double dactyls into a double dactyl.
As all card-carrying recreational linguists know, the double dactyl is a serious light verse form comprising two quatrains, with each line--except the final, rhyming lines of the quatrains-consisting of two dactylic feet, and in which the first line must be a nonsense reduplication; the second line a proper name; and the penultimate or antepenultimate line one double dactylic word.
He plays an instrument called the ukulele banjo, knows more limericks (all delivered with that signature British accent) than anyone should ever commit to memory, has been known to exchange something called double dactyls with friends.
In double dactyls now, the birds, and an ant successfully drags a chestnut.