Re: OFF: Name for a cat
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Friday, October 1, 1999, 22:58|
"Thomas R. Wier" wrote:
> My mother calls our female cat Phoebe "Phoeb'" sometimes. I wonder
> if there is any rule for _deletion_ of /i/s to derive intimate forms --
> rather than the reverse...
Or maybe it's just monosyllabization (is that a word?), such as the way
I call my cats "Mil", "Ol", "Gin", and "Freck" or some people use
monosylabic nicknames, like Nik for Nicholas, or "Tom" for "Thomas".
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