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  1. Yourjones
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    short forms of English names

    Hello,

    I understand Tom is the short form of Thomas, just like Rob and Bob for Robert, and Lisa for Elizabeth. I know there is a term for this phenomenon, but I can not remember it.

    Thanks.

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    Re: short forms of English names

    Diminutive

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    Re: short forms of English names

    In my experience, Lisa is not a diminutive of Elizabeth. Lisa is a name in its own right. Elizabeth is usually shortened to Liz or Lizzy/Lizzie, or Beth.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: short forms of English names

    I would say these are short forms, not diminutives. Bobby and Lizzie are diminutives. Bob and Liz are not, in my view.

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    Re: short forms of English names

    **** Not a teacher ****


    Would it be right to say that 'Dick' is a short form of 'Richard' and 'dick' is a slang for 'detective'?


    Thank you

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    Re: short forms of English names

    Yes. "Dick" is slang for more than just "detective".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: short forms of English names

    You can also consider these to be "nicknames."

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