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Why Polish Diminutives/Nicknames are so popular?


David_18 68 | 982
29 Jun 2011 #1
Nowhere in the world is it so popular to have Diminutives/Nicknames like in Poland, but why?

Some names can get a nickname that is so far away from the original name as it can be.

An extreme example must be the diminutive of Alexandra that will be nicknamed into "Ola".

Some examples:

Michal: Misiek, Misieczek.

Barbara: Basia, Basiulka, Basienieczka.

Janina: Janka, Nina, Janeczka.

Katarzyna: Kasia, Kasiulka, Kasiuneczka.

Piotr: Piotrek, Piotrusiek.

And lets not get into the Extreme Petnaming on people like "żabka, córeczka, kotek, ptaszeczek"

WHY????

My family calls me or well called me kogutek untill i got so mad that they didn't dare to call me that again haha, depressing... ;)

Now it's Pericles, i guess i can live with that...

What is your family calling you?
rene
12 Jul 2011 #2
Because Poles like to use cute names :)
Dreamergirl 4 | 276
10 Aug 2016 #3
Merged: Nickname by Polish boyfriend

Hi my polish boyfriend has a nickname for me but it sounds like ralneh what does it mean?
kpc21 1 | 763
11 Aug 2016 #4
1. It's just a name, it has no special meaning.
2. I don't get what a nickname can "ralneh" be. Franek? Which is a diminutive for Franciszek, and that is a Polish equivalent of English Francis.
Dreamergirl 4 | 276
11 Aug 2016 #5
When he says it it sounds like ralneh or ralni
gumishu 11 | 5,701
11 Aug 2016 #6
it can be a nickname derived from his family name and not the first name - it is fairly common in Poland - his surname though could not be very popular and it's difficult to extrapolate it from the nickname
Dreamergirl 4 | 276
11 Aug 2016 #7
It sounds like oralni or or-alni and its his nickname for me if that helps?

Anyone know the answer?

Any one know what or-ralni means?
Novichok 1 | 2,676
13 Apr 2021 #8
urlopiku - the same as urlopu - not that it matters anyhow

It does matter. It creates derivative garbage words that clutter up the language while adding nothing of value - like clarity.
gumishu 11 | 5,701
13 Apr 2021 #9
It does matter. It creates derivative garbage words

you are absolutely right
Lenka 3 | 2,557
13 Apr 2021 #10
adding nothing of value - like clarity.

To you maybe. A lot of people like to have different and varied ways to express themselves.
Novichok 1 | 2,676
13 Apr 2021 #11
Old women are annoying in many ways. That's one of them.
No wonder Polish is considered "difficult". With every Pole having at it to make it a more touchy-feely private mess, it's hard to define what Polish really is. A quick visit to the Polish threads here confirms the brilliance of my comment.
Lenka 3 | 2,557
13 Apr 2021 #12
With every Pole having at it to make it a more touchy-feely private mess,

Oh yeah, how do people dare to use the language in a way that makes it more personal and maybe even, god forbid, emotional!!!

Btw, the world urlopik wouldn't be used by an old lady but more by a younger person still in their productive years as they are the ones having urlop.
Novichok 1 | 2,676
13 Apr 2021 #13
how do people dare to use the language in a way that makes it more personal

How do people dare to use standard grammar and punctuation. Why not make everybody happy and let them have their own. Like sex or gender. Mine is number 37 on the list for the next 15 minutes.

Urlop = 7 days. Urlopik = 2 days. Is this how this nonsense works? How about urlopisko? Urlopeczek? Urlopunio? I can go on like this forever...
Lenka 3 | 2,557
13 Apr 2021 #14
How do people dare to use standard grammar and punctuation. Why not make everybody happy and let them have their own.

I hope you only play a moron but here:
The flexibility of diminutives adds to the ways you can express yourself without making the message any less clear or correct. Not the case with punctuation and grammar.

Not that writers don't play with it from time to time


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