According to Wikipedia:

A hypocorism […] is a diminutive form of a name. Hypocorisms include pet names or calling names[…]

The article also includes lists of dozens of hypocorisms from many languages.

2 Responses to “hypocorism”

  1. sairuh

    This reminds me of a couple of articles I recently read about Australian English, which is rife with hypocorisms.


    …And also:


    • Jed

      Nifty—thanks for the links!

      And that first one has a particularly interesting discussion about making a distinction between hypocorisms and diminutives and abbreviated versions of names. And a bunch of other interesting stuff. Great article.

      Lots of good stuff in that second one too. Thanks!


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