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    Talking I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie - diminutives

    We have quite a number of diminutives in Polish e.g. chlebuś, and it's not exactly the same as "little bread". English is rather poor in diminutives unless you're an Australian. This is what I heard some time ago and it's just come back to me, so I'd like to ask what the most popular diminutives are that come to your mind (not only Australian).

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    I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie. (biscuit, coffee/tea?, breakfast)

    Chrissie (Christmas)
    in the arvo (in the afternoon, more colloq. perhaps)

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    Default Re: I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie - diminutives

    pressie - present

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    Default Re: I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie - diminutives

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    I'll start with:
    I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie. (biscuit, coffee/tea?, breakfast)
    "Cuppa" is short for "Cup of", eg. "cuppa tea". So "cuppa" by itself does not specify the what drink it is, though it usually means tea or coffee.

    A: Time for a cuppa?
    B: Sure, but I'd prefer a tall glass of iced water if possible.

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    Default Re: I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie - diminutives

    There are lots for animals and there are tons of those highly annoying words couples insist on using in front of you in that annoying baby voice.



    undies = underwear

    Words to describe protruding or non-protruding navel:

    insy and outsy
    or
    insie and outsie

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    Default Re: I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie - diminutives

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    There are lots for animals and there are tons of those highly annoying words couples insist on using in front of you in that annoying baby voice.
    Now I see why English doesn't overflow with diminutives. But nah, I get what you mean.

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    I too find diminutives kind of annoying. I once had a girlfriend who called breakfast "brekkie". It didn't even save any syllables.

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    Default Re: I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie - diminutives

    I don't mind them, but I rarely use them personally, unless I'm talking to my cats, who understand diminutives like "din-dins". So I'll keep out of this thread unless someone makes a mistake about an Ozzie term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vidor View Post
    I too find diminutives kind of annoying. I once had a girlfriend who called breakfast "brekkie". It didn't even save any syllables.
    And it can get even more uneconomic, at least in Polish:

    ciastko (biscuit) - ciasteczko
    2 syllables - 3 syllables

    So gentlemen, don't 'complain'.

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    Default Re: I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie - diminutives

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I don't mind them, but I rarely use them personally, unless I'm talking to my cats, who understand diminutives like "din-dins". So I'll keep out of this thread unless someone makes a mistake about an Ozzie term.
    Sorry for an unrelated post but...

    My Aussie friend get really upset when I type Ozzie to refer to her. She keeps saying, "I don't bite the heads off bats!"

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    Default Re: I had a bikkie and a cuppa for brekkie - diminutives

    Perhaps it's just Canadian culture but unless you are talking to your pets or really young children, using diminutives in Canada usually comes across as (and I say this as nice as possible) idiotic.
    Undies and Ozzies are the only two that I can think of that are seen as "normal".

    I know that diminutives come across very different in other cultures so honestly no offense is intended here.

    Not a teacher.

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