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    The Chinese Tang poetry used five and seven characters. That may be where it came from. Those poems rhymed, but that may have something to do with the two languages.

    I like short poetry and stories. Jokes are short as well. In English where the language allows both rhyme and accentual meter I can see how an even number of lines and syllables in a line would dominate with the odd number of lines or syllables appearing for variety. One has the five lined limerick which could be written as a four lined poem with a longer third line. I can see how five and seven make sense for Chinese and Japanese especially since writing them has a nice rectangular shape.

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    I like my jokes in the 5, 7, 5 format.

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