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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". :-) -- Oh Lord, grant that we may always be right, for thou knowest we will never change our mind. - Scots Prayer ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor