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I'll tell you a little story . Once upon a time there was a little girl , known as Little Red Riding Hood . One day, he was walking through the woods with a little basket in which he carried the snack for his granny . But, at one point, he met the fierce wolf. He told him that there were two paths to go to his grandmother 's house: one long and one short. The very cunning sent the young lady down the long road and he went on the short. Arriving at Grandma 's house , the wolf came in and ate her. Minutes later, when Little Riding Hood entered, he began to talk to the fierce wolf, who had disguised himself as his grandmother . And when he was going to eat the girl, a timely lumberjack heard the screams, entered the house, killed the wolf, and rescued Granny from her belly.
It is not the same to say “ grandmother ” as “grandmother”, “hood” as “little hood” or “young” as “young girl”. Similarly, it is not the same to say “wolf” as “wolf” or “belly” as “tummy”.
As you may have understood, words in diminutive tend to minimize their meaning, attenuate the negative effect they might have.Or, too, they generate a sense of tenderness and innocence .
On the contrary, when mentioning them in a neutral or augmentative way, sometimes the meaning of words tends to be maximized and generate a negative connotation that causes some fear in the recipient.
When a friend borrow money from someone else, he'll say, “Che, I need you to give me a hand . I owe the old man in the corner,” thus generating the feeling that the debt is small.
On the other hand, to minimize the effect of the wound that I have just been surgically operated, I will say: “I had 12 stitches (stitches)”, when, as you can imagine, 12 stitches do not speak of a slight wound.
Finally, to convince a friend to go for coffee, but he doesn't have much time, we'll say, “Shall we have a little coffee?”, as if the fact that it was a smaller cup meant that the meeting would be, indeclinably, shorter.
Publication Date: 03/08/2020
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