[Ads-l] query on -s truncation

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 27 19:55:43 UTC 2015

Also "Phoeebs" ("Feebs"?) for Phoebe on Friends, although it didn't extend to Rachel or Monica.  Must be phonological constraints involved.  I've been called "Lars" (/laerz/, not Norwegian-style /lars/), even by family members.  

But Wilson, could Jim Fidelholtz's Otto really have been "Ots" at the '74 Institute?  That I don't remember.  My own dog, who also attended that UMass institute, might have been truncated from "Ite" /'i:te:/ to "Eats", but he's not around to confirm or disconfirm this.


> On May 27, 2015, at 3:48 PM, Jim Parish <jparish at SIUE.EDU> wrote:
> Wilson Gray wrote:
>> At one of the summer LSA's - '73? '74? - it was hip to do that with proper names, whether of people or of animals. Everyone is familiar with Barbara > Babs, of course. But, in this particular case, everything began with the S-ing of the name of Jim Fidelholtz's dog - which name I've forgotten. Jim > Jims, Ivan > Ives, Wilson > Wil[s], Robert > Robs/Bobs, etc. Ivan and I continued as Ives and Wil[s] with each other to the very end. 
> Huh. For another data point, on the TV show "Mad About You" (1992-99), the female lead (played by Helen Hunt) was named "Jamie"; one of her close friends consistently called her "James".
> Jim Parish
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