One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for scazon
- ‘Hipponax (mid-6th century) is said to have invented the choliamb, or ‘limping iamb’.’
- ‘In particular, it can be demonstrated that the choliambs, mixed with iambs, of the Hellenistic fable are comparable to those of a work with very very pronounced Cynic features, the choliambic ‘Life of Alexander’.’
- ‘Therefore, from the viewpoint of semantics, verse metre turns out to be even more relevant than genre choliamb and iambic trimeter are both the metres of satirical verses, but their semantic structures are very different.’
- ‘Herondas too, the author of mimes written in choliambs (‘limping iambics’), a metre typical of the archaic iambist Hipponax, dedicates an apologetic-programmatic poem, Mimiambus 8, to the defence of his poetics.’
Mid 19th century: via late Latin from Greek khōliambos, from khōlos ‘lame’ + iambos (see iambus).
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