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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 18th June 2024
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hypocorism (noun) hi-PO-cor-is-um

Pet-name, especially a diminutive; use of a pet name; baby talk.

Stage right, Michael Pennington's doting Dickens and Loo Brealey's giggling Nelly indulge in prolonged, shocking hypocorism.

Kate Bassett, The Independent, 22 July 2007. The Independent

Thus, although Brissie is the common spelling of the hypocorism for Brisbane it is always pronounced as though the spelling were Brizzie.

James Lambert, Additions to the Australian Lexicographical Record. Australian National Dictionary Centre

In Washington, the Modern Language Association of America accused the U.S. of having an inordinate bent for hypocorism, i.e., baby talk. Chief victims of adult hypocorism: 1) children, 2) pets, 3) lovers, 4) readers of advertising.

Unattributed, Time Magazine, 6 January 1947. Time Magazine

President Jimmy Carter has institutionalized his hypocorism with determination and skill, thus becoming the first President in history to get away with official use of a nickname.

Hugh Sidey, Time Magazine, 12 December 1977. Time Magazine.

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