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A hypocorism (/hˈpɒkərɪzəm/ hy-POK-ər-iz-əm or /ˌhpəˈkɒrɪzəm/ HY-pə-KORR-iz-əm; from Ancient Greek: ὑποκόρισμα (hypokorisma), from ὑποκορίζεσθαι (hypokorizesthai), 'to call by pet names') or pet name is a name used to show affection for a person or object.[1] It may be a diminutive form of a person's name, such as Izzy for Isabel or Bob for Robert, or it may be unrelated.

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  1. ^ "hypocorism". Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary. Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2 February 2021.