They’re similar to limericks, but the requirement that one line be a single six-syllable word makes double dactyls harder to write.
The scarcity of those six-syllable words make them valuable. Now, every time I hear a six-syllable word with the ON-off-off-ON-off-off beat needed, I feel compelled to build a double dactyl poem around it. Can’t let a word like that go to waste.
What should we dub it when
people in politics
South Park Republican?
Make up your mind!