[Ads-l] query on -s truncation (UNCLASSIFIED)

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Thu May 28 16:32:41 UTC 2015


Mullins, Bill CIV (US) wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On
> Behalf Of W Brewer
> Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:24 PM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: query on -s truncation
> =20
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> Stray thought: Ultimate reduction: Superman > S.
> =20
> Somewhat less ultimate:  Superman > Supes

I think I've also seen Batman referred to as "Bats", and Barbara Gordon 
(Batgirl, Oracle) is sometimes "Babs". (Could there be a Marvel/DC split 
here? The nicknames I recall for Marvel heroes tend to use "-(e)y/ie" - 
"Spidey", "Wolvie", "Shulkie".)

Jim Parish

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