Nicknames

Nicknames

A nickname is a usually familiar or humorous, but sometimes a cruel name given to a person or place, as a supposedly appropriate replacement for or addition to the proper name, or a name similar in origin and pronunciation from the original name. It can also be the familiar or truncated form of the proper name, which may sometimes be used simply for convenience (e.g. "Bobby", "Bob", "Rob", or "Bert" for the name Robert).

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A nickname is 'a usually familiar or humorous but sometimes pointed or cruel name given to a person or place, as a supposedly appropriate replacement for or addition to the proper name', or a name similar in origin and pronunciation from the original name. It is not interchangeable with a term called ''short-for''. It can also be the familiar or truncated form of the proper name, which may sometimes be used simply for convenience (e.g. 'Bobby', 'Bob', 'Rob', or 'Bert' for the name Robert). The term hypocoristic is used to refer to a nickname of affection between those in love or with a close emotional bond, compared with a term of endearment. The term diminutive name refers to nicknames that convey smallness, hence something regarded with affection or familiarity (e.g., referring to...'

Contributions by Dale Arnett, Paul Benjamin Austin, and SigPig.

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