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September 04, 2012

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Rick Santorum isn't a double trochee?

Purists do not consider "Rick Santorum" a proper double trochee. The theory stipulates that the first name be a trochee and not the first name and the first foot of the last name. After all, it's not as though one says "Ricksan Torum," which would be a good moniker for him if he were a Japanese-Amnerican. But thank you the question. I should have clarified the point. -- DL

We're gonna have our trochaic and eat it, too!

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