[LMB] Changing one's name
aellairene at googlemail.com
Wed Sep 1 10:17:18 BST 2010
On 1 September 2010 02:58, <CatMtn at aol.com> wrote:
> In a message dated 8/31/2010 9:47:55 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> catseyes818 at hotmail.com writes:
> Margaret said:
> > Hmm, there aren't many dimunitive names in the Nexus, are there? Ivan
> > called Ivan, Miles gets called Miles, Cordelia gets called Cordelia,
> > gets called Aral, et.!
> Actually, it's interesting that you mention that. It's evidently one
> Russian habit that didn't hang on through the Time of Isolation, since
> diminutives are pretty prevalent in Russia, even extending to use by the
> when referring to politicians. You can't walk there without tripping over
> Misha or Sasha.
> t'other Anne
> Well, there were Drou and Kou, Delia, which I suppose was short for
> Cordelia, and wasn't Ekaterin's father called Sasha? Probably others I
> remember, too.
> Mary <http://lists.herald.co.uk/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/lois-bujold>
It's also possible that, for example, Aral's mother and siblings had a
diminutive for him which no one else used, and which Cordelia doesn't know,
and that Alys did call Ivan Vasha, it was just a baby-name, and she only
used it when he was small, and then in private, private quite concievably
not including Miles.
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