Strolin says OEDILF doesn’t stand for what you think.
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BELLEVILLE, Ill.: One man's joke has become his mission: to give every word a rhyming definition. Chris Strolin was teasing English buffs in an online forum years ago when he said the dictionary should be rewritten in the singsong rhyme scheme of limericks. The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form (OEDILF) has published more than 97,000 rhyming definitions since Strolin started it in 2004 .The online wisecrack that led to the OEDILF's origin was a teasing swipe Strolin made at the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, which defines 600,000 words across 20 printed volumes. Strolin remarked that the Oxford dictionary was good, but needed improvement. Limericks were his solution.Writing a limerick that weaves a joke into an accurate explanation of word's meaning was not so easy.When a Trump Twitter typo created a new "word" this year, four OEDILF writers churned out limericks.While handling duties as editor-in-chief, Strolin still tries to write at least one limerick per day.
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