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CHAT: French -ot (was: anti-Sanskritism and more)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, December 5, 2003, 20:15
On Thursday, December 4, 2003, at 09:45 PM, Christophe Grandsire wrote:

> En réponse à Benct Philip Jonsson : > > >> Wasn't -ot originally an augmentative ending? >> Italian -otto definitely is, as well as >> mildly pejorative. > > The only words I know which end in -ot refer to diminutive things, so I > treat it as a diminutive :))) .
Mainly because it :) The information I have is that -ot (<- V.L. -ottu(m) ) has always been a diminutive (cachot, manchot). It sometimes has a deprecatory meaning, e..g veillot; and is used as a suffix of endearment with proper names, e.g. Pierrot, Margot. Ray =============================================== (home) (work) ===============================================


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>