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Welcome jem01060
« on: July 21, 2021, 09:35:41 PM »
Dactylic hexameter, iambic pentameter: I learned those terms in junior high school in New York City fifty years ago, when I was taught how to scan poetry (of a certain type) written in English. Of course, one also scans Latin poetry and poetry written in other European languages. To me, hexameter is an extremely common word.

The reason you have "hexameter" and "metre" in British English is because of inconsistency, which is a hallmark of the language. That inconsistency exists even today. After all, one writes of a pulse oximeter, and that device was invented in the 1970s. And don't forget pedometer, hydrometer, tachometer, hygrometer, sphygmomanometer. There are so many other examples that you're really left wondering why the spelling "metre" exists at all.

Welcome to the forum. It looks like you've got my metre...  :-P

If you feel comfortable, why don't you tell us a little about yourself.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2021, 09:43:00 PM by ridethetalk »
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Re: Welcome jem01060
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 10:00:05 PM »
Yes, welcome to the forum!
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