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Old 07-16-2019, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Miller View Post
It's not? I've never heard the term before, but wikipedia seems to back up the omnipresent hive AI.
No, she says that Yay is a hypocorism for Yaaaaaaaay and that a hypocorism is a shortening of a longer name to a shorter one. Like Mike is a shortened version of Michael or Jess is a shortened version of Jessica.

But she's wrong. A hypocorism is supposed to be a nickname that suggest some emotional attachment; it's like a pet name. It doesn't have to be a shortening. Changing Jim or Scott to Jimbo or Scotty is a hypocorism. It doesn't even have to be a version of the original name; calling your loved one Babe or Honey or Snooki Bear are all hypocorisms.