While playing Thief: The Dark Project, I noticed the use of the suffix "-sie" in some words, for example: woodsie, goodsie, treesie, etc. I struggled to find an explanation for this and since the game uses Early Modern English heavily, I figured it was some kind of "archaic" use of "-y" suffix, but I didn't find any source on this nor makes sense to me (I'm not a native speaker). Is this pidgin or just a fictional word to add to the fictional universe of the game?

Examples from Thief's loading screens:

"[...] hammers saws tear the skin of goodsie wood... ...and laughs at the Woodsie Lord."

"In summer times do Beesie flew, maple pines and grackles coo, The grassies sweet with nectars dew, til Harvest time when Him eat you." - Pagan chant


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It's hard to tell without more context, but those words appear to use the diminutive suffix "-sie":

-sie noun suffix
\ sē after a voiceless consonant, zē after a voiced consonant or a vowel \
variants: or -sy
Definition of -sie
: small one : one affectionately regarded

Common words using that suffix include "footsie" and "onesie". It is in fairly widespread use.

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    With that in mind, I read the quotes that use "-sie" again, and made sense to me! Thank you, I've never seen (or don't recall seeing) this form before. Commented May 12, 2022 at 0:35
  • Please add attributions and relevant quotes; links can become corrupted. Commented May 12, 2022 at 12:00
  • @EdwinAshworth Done, thanks. (I didn't think that the last two terms needed definitions.) Commented May 12, 2022 at 12:23
  • It's an affectionate diminutive. They're very common. Small things are dear things, cootchie cootchie coo. Commented May 12, 2022 at 15:57

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