[LMB] OT: One for the language geeks
john.c.lennard at gmail.com
Mon Nov 16 12:25:53 GMT 2015
Beatrice Otter:"Sesqui" means 1.5--it's also the root of sesquipedalianism,
a charming word I have been searching most of my life for a reason to use.
? (It means using unnecessarily long and complicated words.)
John: Strictly, it means "and a half", contracting the Latin *semis que*,
and can be added to any Latinate word expressing a numerical count. Thus,
in prosody, a tetrameter has four feet, a sesquitetrameter four-and-a-half.
Assuming most listies will know 'Macavity, the Mystery Cat', learn,
sesquipedalianly, that its prosody mixes deutero-paeonic tetrameter and
(Which comes down to:
ti-TUM-ti-ti ti-TUM-ti-ti ti-TUM-ti-ti ti-TUM-ti-ti
ti-TUM-ti-ti ti-TUM-ti-ti ti-TUM-ti-ti ti-TUM
a ti-TUM-ti-ti being a second paeon.)
John Lennard, MA DPhil. (Oxon.), MA (WU)
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