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« Reply #45: January 21, 2009, 10:28:30 pm »

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« Reply #46: January 21, 2009, 11:07:51 pm »

Actually, I was just about to post that I think I'm mistaken. I looked up definitions for both kinds of rhyme online and they appeared a little inconsistent. All the definitions agree that with masculine rhyme, the last syllable is stressed, and with feminine rhyme, the last syllable is unstressed, but some definitions also state that with feminine rhyme other syllables in the last word also need to rhyme (e.g. fashion/passion) while others don't have that rule.
Roll Eyes I think ultimately the problem here is that English is an untidy language by nature, wonderfully flexible for using, highly resistant to cutting, drying, and sorting into pigeonholes.  The lists of exceptions to rules are often significantly longer than the lists of rules. ("I before E...  except after C... or when pronounced 'ay' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh'... oh, and except for 'weird', which is weird....")

I was thinking of masc/fem endings, definitely; your friend's likely right on masc/fem rhymes, unless they turn out to be the same thing and I'm blowing smoke out of you-know-where.  Cheesy
Well, he could well be right; he does usually know what he's talking about.  Or he could have picked up a misimpression; it does happen - possibly, he picked it up from me, not questioning it because he assumed I knew what I was talking about, or supposed it to be a personal usage.

I'm looking forward to asking him, because it's almost guaranteed to generate a minimum of 30 minutes, and possibly a few hours, of good word-geeky convo.  But I've already decided the best solution to the confusion is to rely on direct descriptive terms (one-syllable rhyme, multi-syllable rhyme, unaccented syllable, etc) - the gendered terms don't, as far as I can see, offer anything more substantial than a way to put one's pedantic foot in one's pedantic mouth (that's aimed at myself, not you).


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