|Subject:||Re: What's the difference?|
|Author:||chazda (guest, 188.8.131.52)|
|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.
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