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{{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} {{#invoke:Side box|main}} A hypocorism ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; from Greek ὑποκορίζεσθαι{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} hypokorizesthai{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, "to use child-talk"<ref name="OED-etym">Oxford English Dictionary, online edition: "hypocorism". Retrieved 24 June 2008.</ref>), also known as a pet name or calling name,<ref>calling name</ref> is a shorter or diminutive form of a word or given name, for example, when used in more intimate situations as a nickname or term of endearment. However, shortening of names is certainly not exclusive to terms of affection; indeed, in many cases, a shortened name can also be used to intimidate or humiliate. The ambiguity would need to be clarified by context.

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