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Re: OFF: Name for a cat

From:Sam Bryant <redcellar@...>
Date:Saturday, October 2, 1999, 19:20
>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...
I've noticed that too. Our Sophie is called Soph intimately (though I often expand it to soph-poph or soph-pophie). I think this led me to reanalyse usual normal "Sarge" (our tabby, Sgt Pepper)/intimate "Sargey" the other way round. sam _________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free address at