Pronounced: PINCH-gut, noun/adj

Notes: This word is new to me

Yesterday’s word

The word hypocorism is

  • a pet name
  • the practice of using a pet name
  • the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk
First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

Instead of “pet name”, I’ve seen the word defined as a “nickname”. The third definition is new to me; I don’t remember it from before. Our word came from the Greek word hypokórisma (pet name; endearing name).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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