One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘‘Bill’ was not used as a hypocorism during the Middle Ages and so the surname ‘Bill’ is not involved.’
- ‘A hypocoristic (or hypocorism) is a lesser form of the given name used in more intimate situations, as a term of endearment, a pet name.’
- ‘The suffix o/a attaches to Pilipin - before the hypocorism to o/ay.’
- ‘A close cousin of appellation is nickname except nicknames can be silly syllables, as with ‘Moopsy’ which is also a hypocorism.’
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