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A hypocorism ( hy-POK-?r-iz-?m or hy-p?-KORR-iz-?m; from Ancient Greek: ? (hypokorisma), from ? (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 2021.

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