Questions tagged [hypocorisms]

Substitute names used as affectionate substitutes for the real name. Sometimes these are completely different like "honey" or "sweetie", but sometimes they are affectionate diminutives like "Jimmy" for "James".

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5 votes
1 answer

How common are hypocorisms ending with "s" in female names? (Babs, Bess, Becks...)

My question can be split in two parts: Is this a pattern, how common is it, and how natural does it sound? Is it more specific to feminine names? Here are examples: Barbara - Babs [1] Elizabeth - ...
paperskilltrees's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer

Opposite of endearment terms - does it exist, and/or have a name?

Does the English language have any way to apply the reverse of endearment or diminution to a word - that is, make it sound big, dangerous, ugly, intense? "Pig" turns into "piggy" ...
Sinus the Tentacular's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer

What did the word "Ade" mean in the English of a hundred years ago?

Saw this in the news today and think I see the word Ade, but have never seen it before. Is it Ade? Or Ode? Wde? What does it mean? Is it an abbreviation?
Uncle Iroh's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer

Could "Terry" be a diminutive for Peter or Walter?

I know "Terry" is used as a given name, and derives from french Thierry. It could also be used as a nickname for e.g. Terence. Here the first syllable of the given name is used as the stem in the ...
Beta's user avatar
  • 139
1 vote
2 answers

Is it common to call our mother with ma'am in the western U.S? [closed]

Is it common to call our mother with ma'am in the western U.S.? Does it show how close our relationship is with our mother?
Starry_x's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer

Feminine form of “son” when used as term of endearment [duplicate]

It seems natural and appropriate for an older man to call a non-relative boy/young man “son” to convey endearment. Although I’m not sure, I think it’s unofficially reserved for men’s use only (the ...
Bohemian's user avatar
  • 1,576
1 vote
1 answer

Comma placement after [greeting] and a [term of endearment]

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. When addressing someone with a term of endearment and a greeting, how does comma placement work? The reason why other questions didn't work in answering this was ...
Alexis Ofori's user avatar
8 votes
5 answers

Are capital letters used for terms of endearment like "Honey" and "Sweetheart"?

When writing a sentence (for a book/story) do the endearments Honey, Sweetheart, etc. get capital letters? e.g. "Are you ready, Honey?" or "Are you ready, honey?"
Busy Typist's user avatar
3 votes
0 answers

How did "Pork Chop" become a term of endearment? [closed]

Pork Chop is such an odd term of endearment, any idea what its origin is? Update: For context, I heard the term used in two different contexts. The first was as a nick-name for my dog who is a large ...
ra9r's user avatar
  • 131
21 votes
3 answers

How did “pumpkin” come to be a term of endearment?

The logic of some terms of endearment is fairly clear. Sweetie, honey, cupcake all refer to food treats. However, the use of the term pumpkin as a tenderness seems somewhat counterintuitive. While ...
bib's user avatar
  • 72.7k
22 votes
4 answers

Why do we call our lovers "baby"?

It is common in American English and culture to refer to one's lover or significant other as "baby" or "babe", for example: Come on baby, light my fire! 1 or I got you, I won't let go. I got ...
Josh's user avatar
  • 1,291
4 votes
6 answers

What terms and expressions can be used in English to show one's love to his/her girlfriend/boyfriend? [closed]

I know in every language there are a lot of ways and cute names to address your girlfriend or your boyfriend to show you love her/him. The names can be creative for any couple. As Andy mentions these ...