Happy National Limerick Day from SAS Press!


May 12th is #NationalLimerickDay! If you saw our Valentine’s Day poem, you know we at SAS Press love creating poems and fun rhymes, so check out our limericks below!

So, what’s a limerick?

National Limerick Day is observed each year on May 12th and honors the birthday of the famed English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888). Lear’s poetry is most famous for its nonsense or absurdity, and mostly consists of prose and limericks.

His book, “Book of Nonsense,” published in 1846 popularized the limerick poem.

A limerick poem has five lines and is often very short, humorous, and full of nonsense. To create a limerick the first two lines must rhyme with the fifth line, and the third and fourth lines rhyme together. The limerick’s rhythm is officially described as anapestic meter.

To celebrate, we want to ask all lovers of SAS books to enjoy the limericks written by us and to see if you can create your own! Can you top our limericks on our love for SAS Books? Check out our handy how-to limerick links below.

Our limericks

There once was a software named SAS
helping tons of analysts complete tasks.
a Text Analytics book to extract meaning as data flies by
and a Portfolio and Investment Analysis book so you’ll never go awry.
You know our SAS books are first-class!

We enjoyed meeting our awesome users at SAS Global Forum
who enjoy our books with true decorum.
a SAS Administration book on building from the ground up
and a new book about PROC SQL you need to pick-up.
Checkout our SAS books today, you’ll adore ‘em!

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Wiki-How: How to Write A Limerick
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About Author

Missy Hannah

Senior Associate Social Media Specialist

Missy Hannah is a Social Media Specialist at SAS where she specializes in social listening, social network analysis, data analytics, and social media strategies. She is currently finishing her doctorate at North Carolina State University in Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media where she also teaches classes in web development and business communication. For fun, she loves nature walks, photography, and playing video games at home with her husband and two cats.


  1. Kathy Council on

    There once was an author who knew
    SAS stuff for others to view
    He wrote it all down
    Verbs and many a noun
    And away SAS users it blew.

  2. If I may be permitted a bit of self-promotion, here is my contribution:

    There once was a SAS book called "little"
    That really was more in the middle
    Too big for a poem
    Too small for a tome
    Made it just right for solving code riddles!

    Also, I'm pretty sure that Lora Delwiche and I are the only SAS Press authors who ever wrote a poem for our books. It's not a limerick, but we included this homage to our editor, Stephenie Joyner, in the Acknowledgements section of our books for SAS Enterprise Guide 3.0 and 4.1:

    And now to our editor,
    we specially credit her
    patience and humor.
    They're not just a rumor.

    With Box 1 and Box 2,
    our inquiries flew
    with Pane 3 and Pane 4,
    and windows galore.

    From technical questions
    to note box suggestions
    she knew what to do
    and she guided us through.

    Happy National Limerick Day to everyone at SAS Press!

  3. Jenni Elion on

    At SAS Global Forum you'll hear
    From folks coming from far and near
    You'll learn tools and tips;
    And build lasting friendships.
    You can submit your own paper next year!

  4. My turn!

    There once was a programming book
    And its examples had quite the hook.
    To learn SAS by example
    Just download the sample
    And practice SAS in your office nook!

  5. What a coincidence! I just happen to have a SAS limerick handy. 😉

    There once was some software called SAS
    That made analytics so fast
    Its results quick as lightning
    With reports so enlightening
    That its users all call it "first-class"!

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