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Subject: Re: Disgruntled about poor quality baby name books
Author: Anneza   (guest, 163.200.81.4)
Date: April 13, 2004 at 12:17:55 AM
Reply to: Re: Disgruntled about poor quality baby name books by Lauren
Never heard of the gent - but in his defence you can derive Little and Womanly from it quite comfortably - Charlot being a (m) diminutive of Charles (and what Charlie Chaplin was known as in France), and the doubled consonant plus -e making it fem; so if the female form of Man is Woman, then QED.

Of course, it'd be more scholarly to say Female Form Of Charles with a cross-reference. But then you might lose more readers than you'd gain; people are odd about accuracy, and about doing research for themselves. They prefer the baby bird approach: keep the beak wide open, and swallow all the worms without looking ...

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