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The Wonderful World of Tone!

Definition: Appealing to the sense of humor

"There was a young lady called Harris,
 That nothing could ever embarrass;
     Till the bath-salts one day
     In the tub where she lay
 Turned out to be Plaster of Paris."
~Ogden Nash

    Ogden Nash's goal is to humor the reader with this limerick.  Naming his female character a typical male name of "Harris", he uses situational irony of using Plaster-of-Paris instead of bath salts in Harris's bathtub to embarrass her.  Nash's quirky sense of humor invokes amusement for the reader.


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