If you're using syllable structured form in poetry....
newyearsjay answered your question: I get confused with syllables…is the word neon one or two?

I would say two

elibird replied to your post: I get confused with syllables…is the word neon one or two?

2 in my book. Knee-on.

That’s what I thought, but the first and third syllable counters I tried indicated one. I guess with poetry, you can play hard and fast with the specifics of syllables to make the phrase work.

So I’m trying out creating some Tanka poetry. It’s a five line Japanese form in which the syllables you use in each line works like this; 5, 7, 5, 7, 7. I had the bare bones of a poem sitting in my drafts page for over a year, and decided to restructure it into Tanka when I couldn’t get to sleep last night.

“Neon” is a strange one, because if you think of the sounds of a word starting and ending with the opening and closing of the mouth, then neon would just be one syllable. If you say it faster than you would usually say it, it feels like just one syllable, but in regularly speed it feels like it should be two.

So how do y'all feel about multies?
  • So how do y'all feel about multies? Personally, I like them. I use them and they offer a more creative challenge to your writing, especially when starting out. I find them easy when staying simple, but once you add more syllables to rhyme to like 4 or 6, well, I sometimes find myself stuck in a rut after that. Then once you use certain rhyme schemes like a..."ABBACC" rhyme scheme, you get a kinda good feel about yourself. For the record, I've never done that.
BC’s Birthday - Press Coverage

There were too many articles in the press for me to cover them all, so here are just some of them - I bolded my favourite bit:

“Benedict Cumberbatch. The man. The myth. The internet boyfriend. Please enjoy 40 photos of the British actor for his 40 years of his gracing us with his presence.” (x

Multisyllabic-monikered Benedict Cumberbatch turns the Big 4-0 today (July 19), and in honor of this milestone birthday we put together the 40 times he made us fall in love with him. (x)

“The Sherlock star turns 40 today - and he’s been acting for most of his life… ever since playing Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in a school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (x)

“And while Cumberbatch’s 30s served him well, the thesp becoming an international star (and sex symbol!) and, last year, marrying Sophie Hunter and becoming a dad to son Christopher, 40 is looking pretty promising too.” (x)

“Such a landmark age might be difficult to put to the uniquely handsome British actor, not least because of his relatively late start to superstardom – he didn’t become a global household name until 2010 when he took on the leading role in the BBC’s Sherlock.Not only that, but he has an appearance that defies all signs of ageing, with barely a line upon his expressive face.” (x)

“ British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is turning 40 with a multitude of career and personal highlights under his belt. “ (x)

Newborns Able to Process Language at Two Days Using First and Last Syllables to Recognize Words

At just two days after birth, babies are already able to process language using processes similar to those of adults. SISSA researchers have demonstrated that they are sensitive to the most important parts of words, the edges, a cognitive mechanism which has been repeatedly observed in older children and adults.

The research is in Developmental Science. (full access paywall)

Research: “On the edge of language acquisition: inherent constraints on encoding multisyllabic sequences in the neonate brain” by Alissa L. Ferry, Ana Fló, Perrine Brusini, Luigi Cattarossi, Francesco Macagno, Marina Nespor and Jacques Mehler in Developmental Science doi:10.1111/desc.12323

Image: Humans better encode information from the edges of sequences and this cognitive mechanism can influence language acquisition even from the first days of life Image is for illustrative purposes only. Image credit: