End of ADS-L Digest - 14 Apr 1995 to 15 Apr 1995 ************************************************ There is one message totalling 31 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Meg/Peg ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 16 Apr 1995 09:13:11 -0400 From: Heilan Yvette Grimes Subject: Re: Meg/Peg >Margaret--[trunc.]-->Meg-->Peg--[dimin.]-->Peggy > >As in > >Mary-->Molly-->Polly > >There seems to be a tendency for stops to replace nasals (as above) or liquids >(as in Richard-->Dick, Robert-->Bob) or of course fricatives (Theodore-->Ted) >in this process of hypocoristicism... > >Best, Laurence-->Larry I can see the sense of the above, but I don't believe it is correct. I remember reading years ago about either a Princess Margaret or Queen Margaret whose name was eventually transformed to the shortened Peg. It had nothing to do with vocal shifts. There was another reason, but I don't remember what it was. It was a logical reason concerning word derivation rather than vocal derivation. I know this doesn't give a whole lot of information. But I remember at the time saying to myself, "Aha, that makes sense." Maybe this will help jog someone else's memory. --Yvette