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Grammar: Diminutives

Latin had a system of diminutive suffixes which could be added to words in order to indicate something small or something charming and nice.


paulus: small - paululus: very small, teeny-tiny

os: mouth - osculum: kiss


liber: book - libellus: little book

saccus: bag, pouch - saccellus: little bag, tiny pouch


malleus: hammer - malleolus: little hammer

gladius: sword - gladiolus: little sword




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