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Subject: Re: What's the difference?
Author: chazda   (guest, 24.175.40.226)
Date: August 30, 2004 at 8:30:35 PM
Reply to: Re: What's the difference? by Array
"Diminutive" form usually means part of a word is added or changed .. like adding "et" to Jane to get Janet or Janette. Janelle, too. It also describes names like Jamie, diminutive of James.

In some languages a diminutive has a definite form, like -ita or -ito in Spanish, or (I think) -an in Irish (see the entry for Ryan), which changes the meaning of the name from [meaning] to "little [meaning]".

Diminutives and pet forms are not readily distinguishable in English. At least not to me.

- chazda

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