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Word of the Day 01/28/15 Hypocorism

Hypocorism (noun)
hypocorism [hahy-pok-uh-riz-uh m, hi-]


noun
1. a pet name.
2. the practice of using a pet name.
3. the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult.

Origin: 1840-50; < Greek hypokórisma pet name. See hypocoristic, -ism

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