I find interesting how colloquialisms vary on either side of the Pond. Your telly is our TV.  I've always like "nappy".


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On 02/09/2013 16:26, C. Brickner wrote:
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>> I've just been reading As a speaker of Australasian
>> English, I'm reminded of the "softening" of registers
>> by the use of the diminutive suffix: "bikkie" for
>> biscuit, "hankie" for handkerchief, etc, in
>> Australasian English.
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> I should think that the use of the diminutive suffix is
> common throughout the Anglophone world.

So should I.

> I'm from the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA, and I've said
> "hankie" all my life.

Just as I have all my life here in the UK    ;)

Also _bickie/bicky_ is common enough here, tho IME used more
often to children - but by no means exclusively so.

> Then there's puppy, kitty, potty, nightie, piggy, and a
> host of others.

Yep, we have them all this side of the Pond also.  This
morning I had a bit brecky before I went out and later this
evening I shall be watching the telly; rain is forecast for
this coming Friday, so I may well be wearing my wellies
(wellington boots) then.

Yep - AFAIK the diminutive -ie/-y is fairly universal
throughout anglophonia.

"language … began with half-musical unanalysed expressions
for individual beings and events."
[Otto Jespersen, Progress in Language, 1895]