3 comments on “Limerick #163

  1. I have a feeling I am missing a crucial clue here David. No doubt your explanation will have me slapping my head with a ‘Duh!’.
    Regards from Norfolk as always, Pete.


    • With “rome” in his name, Jerome (most likely an “honor student”) should know what he’s talking about. But he has it all wrong: (1) “Rome wasn’t built in a day” doesn’t mean that all other cities were. (2) “When in Rome do as the Romans do” seems to have had its meaning corrupted by a pairing up of the two instances of the word “do” in the proverb. Perhaps Jerome was also thinking of all those pigeons in Rome? (3) “All roads lead to Rome” no doubt included the one from Gaul, but Jerome seems to have confused “Gaul” and “all”—maybe he should have listened more closely in world history class? (4) “See Rome and die” (which originally was “See Naples and die”) is another corrupted proverb, where “see” and “die” have been transposed, due to Jerome’s poor listening skills, to sound out the word “dicey”—perhaps influenced by tales of pickpockets and scam artists in Rome. (5) It’s great that Jerome knows that Dorothy Gale was the girl from Kansas in “The Wizard of Oz,” but the problem is that travel companies have been conveniently misquoting her for years, and it’s the misquote that has stuck in Jerome’s mind. What Dorothy really said was, “There’s no place like home!” The fact that Jerome watches movies, but, as with his lessons at school, fails to pay close attention to detail, is borne out in the second “According to Jerome” limerick.

      Young people are remarkably ignorant of the world these days. I was inspired by a recurring segment on FoxNews called “Watters’ World” where reporter Jesse Watters travels the U.S. interviewing mostly young people to test their knowledge on various topics. The state of knowledge among the younger generation is deplorable (sometimes disingenuously attributed to an ADD pandemic). Yet our nation’s youth has a “know-it-all” attitude. And that makes me want to slap my head. So we can now slap our heads in unison. Ready? Begin!


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