[LMB] Language, cultures, & diminutives

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Fri Sep 25 16:21:43 BST 2015

On Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:08:14 -0600, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>

>> On Sep 25, 2015, at 5:08 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
>> <rant>
>> Digression: I do loathe the word "panties".  Horrid, horrid diminutive -
>> suggesting that female underclothing is somehow less *important*.  It
>> goes along with "don't worry your pretty little head about it", pink
>> ballpoint pens, and mansplaining. 
>> Condescending, dismissive, demeaning.  Ugh.
>> </rant>
>As a child I disliked being called “Howie”.   Diminutives seemed to be put-downs.   But my readings have shown that other generations and other cultures thought them as being friendly.   Sometimes, people weren’t accepted unless they were assigned nick-names.    My personal tastes also dislike jargon that obfuscates, such as rhyming slang.    But other cultures embrace both of my dislikes.

Diminutives are often given to children - in that sense, it's
infantilising.  And our culture *does* infantilise women.

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