[Ads-l] teenincy & T9C

Cleve Evans cevans at BELLEVUE.EDU
Mon May 23 17:21:59 EDT 2016

Has it ever been pointed out on ADS that this term, often in the spelling "T9C", has on several occasions become a girls' name?


Cleve Evans

"TEENINCY [ti 'naIntsI], adj. Very tiny."

Undocumented addendum by this correspondent:

Also [ti 'naintSI] in TX.


Apparently, the latter pronunciation is also known beyond the borders of Texas.

I Love Myself when I Am Laughing. And Then Again when I Am Looking Mean and Impressive.
Zora Neale Hurston, =E2=80=8EAlice Walker - 1979 - =E2=80=8ELiterary Collec= tions Mrs. Tony all but fell to the floor in her agony. "Lawd a'mussy! Mist'
Starks, you ain 't gointuh gimme dat lil _teeninchy_ piece fuh me and all mah chillun, is yuh?

And it lives, yet:

Ornamental Confectionery: Cirrus Solids Miniquilt Challenge--Finished!
Aug 13, 2015 - I did no prep beyond lowering tension a _teeninchy_ bit---no thread stand, used a regular quilting needle---and only had one thread break, at the very beginning.

The blogger gives her location as "Mid-Atlantic."

Someone else uses @teeninchy as a Twitter handle.
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