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Posted: 12/24/11 07:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why do we almost always end diminutive names with a "y" sound? Even when that actually lengthens the name? E.g.:
Richard > Ricky
Ann > Annie
Charles > Charley

And what is it about some names that they can't be "shortened" with the y-sound, like Helen or Brian?

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Not really...

Richard: Rick, Dick, Rich
Charles: Chuck


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Jarlaxle wrote:

Not really...

Richard: Rick, Dick, Rich
Charles: Chuck


I know both a Dickie and a Chuckie,
also a Rickie and a Sammy.


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Along similar lines, why is it that some people can't leave names alone, they just HAVE to claim it is a diminutive of a longer name?
NO, my name is NOT "Jonathan", it is just "JON"! (It isn't "John", either!)
I know a "Jenny". NO, her name is NOT "Jennifer" or any other variation, it is just Jenny! Yes, that IS what is on her birth certificate!
I also know a "Mathew". No, not "Matthew"! Yeah, it's his Dad's fault. He's somewhat of a weirdo.
As for the why of the "Y", well, Why Not?


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The shortened form with the 'y' sound is more personal and less formal.

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Posted: 12/24/11 08:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think a lot of languages have a "tag" on the end of a name/word that denote affection?? In Spanish - chica = "girl". Chicquita = "favorite little girl" or something to that effect?

I guess Hubby's name sums up the shortest, being lengthened....from Ed to Eddie...LOL!!

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Jarlaxle wrote:

mowermech wrote:

Along similar lines, why is it that some people can't leave names alone, they just HAVE to claim it is a diminutive of a longer name?
NO, my name is NOT "Jonathan", it is just "JON"! (It isn't "John", either!)


Very unusual. Easily 98% of the time, "Jon" is "Jonathan".


Yup.


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mowermech wrote:

Along similar lines, why is it that some people can't leave names alone, they just HAVE to claim it is a diminutive of a longer name?
NO, my name is NOT "Jonathan", it is just "JON"! (It isn't "John", either!)


Very unusual. Easily 98% of the time, "Jon" is "Jonathan".

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mowermech wrote:

Along similar lines, why is it that some people can't leave names alone, they just HAVE to claim it is a diminutive of a longer name?
NO, my name is NOT "Jonathan", it is just "JON"! (It isn't "John", either!)
I know a "Jenny". NO, her name is NOT "Jennifer" or any other variation, it is just Jenny! Yes, that IS what is on her birth certificate!
I also know a "Mathew". No, not "Matthew"! Yeah, it's his Dad's fault. He's somewhat of a weirdo.
As for the why of the "Y", well, Why Not?


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Our oldest son is Joshua, his name shortened for us is Josh. Some friends had a boy and named him Joshua, she calls him Joshie (not sure if she spells it with a y or ie if she writes out the short version) for short.

Really? You shortened a 3 syl name to 2 when you could have just done 1?


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