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Japan/diminutive forms


Roger wrote at 2014-10-26 05:07:43
the "o" prefix, while technically an honorific, is also used, mostly by women when referring to small or mundane things, as a diminutive.  

the "ko" suffix can be a familiarizing or diminutive term, literally meaning "small" or "child".

"tan" is the most diminutive form of "san".


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