One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A modification of the iambic trimeter, in which a spondee or trochee takes the place of the final iambus.
- ‘A drunk, a brawler, a pathetic lover, Hipponax invented the ‘limping iambic, also known as the scazon,’ and is credited by some with inventing parody.’
- ‘These are thirteen poems, written in scazons or other iambic metres.’
Late 17th century: via Latin from Greek skazōn, neuter present participle (used as a noun) of skazein ‘to limp’.
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