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12-02-2003, 02:19 AM
Would "Rick" or "Dick" for "Richard" or "Bill" for "William" or "Ted" for "Edward" be classed as abbreviations? If not, what would you call them?
I think not, but I couldn't come up with an alternative term.... Anyone have the GA?
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12-02-2003, 02:45 AM
12-02-2003, 07:55 AM
Wouldn't that apply better to "Ricky" or "Billy"??
12-02-2003, 08:05 AM
How about nickname?
12-02-2003, 09:12 AM
Diminutive is correct (bolding mine):
Main Entry: diminutive
Date: 14th century
1 : indicating small size and sometimes the state or quality of being familiarly known, lovable, pitiable, or contemptible — used of affixes (as -ette, -kin, -ling) and of words formed with them (as kitchenette, manikin, duckling), of clipped forms (as Jim), and of altered forms (as Peggy); compare AUGMENTATIVE
12-02-2003, 09:37 AM
Cool - thanks...
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