Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Short History of My Shorty

Google Labs has a great new tool called the Books Ngram Viewer. As you can see, the popularity of the phrase "my shorty" in print took off in the mid-1980s.

Side note: Stephanie doesn't believe me that this phrase, currently meaning "my girlfriend", has etymology derived from a phrase for "child" - a diminutive tradition with "my baby" as its most obvious other member. Still researching.