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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Definitions for doggerel

  1. (of verse) a. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure. b. rude; crude; poor.
  2. doggerel verse.

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Citations for doggerel
Whoever wrote that doggerel had picked up the Virginia gossip about Jefferson having a black "wife," but Callender assumed the dialect poet had only a suspicion. William Safire, Scandalmonger, 2000
I found myself in a house of kindly people, who had found me on the third day wandering, weeping, and raving through the streets of St. John's Wood. They have told me since that I was singing some insane doggerel about “The Last Man Left Alive! Hurrah! The Last Man Left Alive!" H. G. Wells, War of the Worlds, 1898
Origin of doggerel
Doggerel is likely a blend of dog and the pejorative suffix -rel. It came to English in the 1400s as a way to insult bad poetry by implying that it could have been created by dogs, or could have only been enjoyed by dogs.