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    Arrow tinsy winsy

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hello, does any body know why " teensy-weensy" is written on many websites as "tinsy winsy"?

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    Re: tinsy winsy

    teeny 1825, alteration of tiny. Alternate form teensy is attested from 1899.

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    Well, thanks for this information. But I asked why some people would say it like this. It is obvious it is widely circulated among native English speakers. Is tinsy-winsy a colloquial alternative of "teensy-weensy"

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    Re: tinsy winsy

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    Well, thanks for this information. But I asked why some people would say it like this. It is obvious it is widely circulated among native English speakers. Is tinsy-winsy a colloquial alternative of "teensy-weensy"
    It's at least partly to do with different accents, some people would say it long "ee" and some would say it short "i" and variations in between. Personally I have never seen it written "tinsy-winsy".

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    Re: tinsy winsy

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    Well, thanks for this information. But I asked why some people would say it like this. It is obvious it is widely circulated among native English speakers. Is tinsy-winsy a colloquial alternative of "teensy-weensy"
    You've confused me. In post #1, you asked about its written form. Is your question about how it's written or how it is pronounced?

    To recap, tinsy-winsy is a spelling variant, and one that isn't all that common. In other words, your mistaken when you say "It is obvious it is widely circulated among native speakers."

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    I didn't think that you would get me literally, Soup. Any way, you may have a look at the following webpages to see how familiar "tinsy winsy" is, and so do Bhaissahab :
    http://www.discoverhybridcars.com/hybrid-cars-news/video-gm-ad-for-chevy-tahoe-hybrid-says-other-hybrids-are-tinsy-winsy
    Welcome to Tinsy Winsy Poms Guestbook!
    http://flickr.com/photos/24723453@N02/2480454612/, and there are many others.

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    Helloooo, any body knows this? One more time, why many people do write " teensy-weensy" as " tinsy-winsy"?Is it colloquial non-correct, or it is really linguistically right? And I'm not asking about its etymology .

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    Re: tinsy winsy

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    Helloooo, any body knows this? One more time, why many people do write " teensy-weensy" as " tinsy-winsy"?Is it colloquial non-correct, or it is really linguistically right? And I'm not asking about its etymology .
    As I have said earlier, I have never seen it written that way before, I am English, I am 57 years old, educated to university level and a teacher of English.

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    @Arrow:
    With due respect...
    What's your game?

    You come here with a question and get answered by natives, teachers and key members of the forum. You dare make your point prevail against what yo'ure told, put them aside and keep asking the same??

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    Re: tinsy winsy

    I'm deeply sorry, I meant no offense. I'm not playing games here, but this is my way to learn any thing in life. I always argue the point I learn profoundly until I become completely convinced. I wonder why
    Bhaisahab for the second time affirmed that he has never seen my "tinsy-winsy" written that way before, despite I put the links of the webpages that involve it clearly. Nice to have you here too, Kraken .

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