hypocorism

EnglishEdit

English Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia en

EtymologyEdit

Late Latin hypocorisma, a loan from Ancient Greek noun ὑποκόρισμα (hypokórisma) from the verb ὑποκορίζομαι (hypokorízomai, to talk in a childish manner). The Ancient Greek verb ὑποκορίζομαι (hypokorízomai) is compounded from ὑπό (hypo-, under, beneath, secretly) + κορίζομαι (korízomai, to caress). In the verb you can see the word κόρος (kóros, boy) or κόρη (kórē, girl).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): haɪˈpɒ.kəˌrɪ.zəm

NounEdit

hypocorism (plural hypocorisms)

  1. A term of endearment; a pet name.
    • 2003, Mark Steven Morton, The Lover's Tongue[1]:
      Cabbage, however, has enjoyed unlikely success as a hypocorism, a usage that dates back to the mid nineteenth century; this usage arose as a direct translation of chou, which French lovers had been calling each other for a long time: "Oh, mon petit chou"—"Oh, my little cabbage."
  2. Baby-talk, e.g. bow-wow for dog, choo-choo for train.

SynonymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

Last modified on 7 October 2013, at 00:47