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Friday word: hypocorism

hypocorism

\ hahy-POK-uh-riz-uhm, hi- \ , noun;
1. a pet name.
2. the practice of using a pet name.
3. the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult.

Examples:
This must be an offshoot of my brother's enthusiasm for hypocorism . He was always inventing idiotic nicknames for people.
-- Adam Davies, Goodbye Lemon , 2006

Powsoddy, a now obsolete name for a pudding, was also used as a hypocorism in the late sixteenth century, paralleling the affectionate use of the word pudding itself in our own century, though lovers usually alter the pronunciation to puddin.
-- Mark Morton, The Lover's Tongue , 2003

Etymology:
Hypocorism entered English in the 1840s from the Greek word hypokórisma meaning "pet name." It came from the verb hypokor(ízesthai) meaning "to play the child, call by endearing names."

(source: Dictionary.com word of the day for July 14, 2014)
Tags: greek, h, noun, wordsmith: med_cat
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