Hypocorism

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A hypocorism (/hˈpɒkərɪzəm/ hy-POK-ər-iz-əm; from Ancient Greek: ὑποκόρισμα (hypokorisma), from ὑποκορίζεσθαι (hypokorizesthai), 'to use child-talk'[1]), also called a hypocoristicon, is a diminutive form of a person's name, such as Izzy for Isobel or Bob for Robert.

Hypocorisms include pet names or calling names,[2] often a diminutive or augmentative form of a word or given name when used as a nickname or term of endearment.

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, online edition: "hypocorism". Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  2. ^ calling name

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