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Re: OFF: Name for a cat

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Friday, October 1, 1999, 19:18
John Cowan wrote:

> My cat is named Max, just Max, but he is sometimes called Maxo, Maxie, > or Maximilian (which in my dialect sounds like "Max a million" and is > present as a subtext).
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...