Sweary Limerick

To me, it’s neither here, nor there
Whether people feel the need to swear.
They can call me poltroon
Or odious buffoon
And I’ll barely turn the odd hair.

When young, with nary a care
I had little need to swear.
But as I developed some pluck
I let go the odd darn
As rhyming was truly overrated.

Based on Esther’s prompt, ‘swear’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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24 Responses to Sweary Limerick

  1. Ritu says:



  2. Haha! Terrific, Geoff. You remind me of something a long ago coworker said of the F word.
    “Say it! Go ahead and say it. It will set you free!” she flung wide her arms and cried.

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  3. On my first return home after three months of army basic training I included “darn” when recounting my experiences to Mum. It was the one and only time, and she totally ignored it bless her!

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  4. I remember in college as VP of the class, I was chairing the Student Senate session. There was a long debate going, on and one frustration after another. I finally gavelled the conversation and used the F word as a gerund to describe the waste of time. The silence was painful. This was in 1960 and you can imagine the fallout.

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  5. Very cute, Geoff! You made me chuckle aloud! 😀


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  6. JT Twissel says:

    Gosh darnit that was cute!

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  7. petespringerauthor says:

    It can be oddly comforting not to keep it in.

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  8. trifflepudling says:

    I still enjoy the beginning of Four Weddings!
    Apparently I said it during a job interview, I was told after I got the job (I had no idea I’d said it). The lady found it entertaining!

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  9. KL Caley says:

    🤣 I say shoot, I don’t know why but it’s very handy now I have a toddler repeating after me. Hubby says drat. We didn’t know how the toddler learned the word titties until in the night garden came on one night and the birds are called tittifers which he then mispronounced 😂. Great post. KL ♥️

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  10. Widdershins says:

    Heheheheheh. 😀


  11. Very good, Geoff, and you are a dab hand at rhyming.


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