Does not one see them, indeed, or their equivalents?
Then it is because one has not looked, or because one has read the list only in the safe obscurity of a learned language, where all endearments disappear-although Cicero
, to be sure, might have wished to see his beloved daughter appear on a college list as Tulliola instead of Tullia
But if any critic of women's nicknames will turn to his Harvard College catalogue in English
, he will find there, in the official list of the sterner sex, precisely the same tendency towards the more familiar names as at women's colleges.
In the Senior Class
, just graduated, he will find Harry occurring five times and Henry seven; Frank once and Francis four times; and his eyes will be regaled also with Fred and Bertie
In the Junior Class
, to graduate next year, he will find only one Harry to nineteen who bear the name of Henry; but, on the other hand, he will find the brief name of Frank carrying all before it-ten Franks
, while Francis occurs but four times.
In the Sophomore Class
it is almost precisely the same-Frank is to Francis as eight to three; while Henry occurs ten times, Harry three times, and Harrie once; there are also two Freds.
In the Freshman Class Francis
gets the upperhand of Frank at last, and is as seven to three; Henry occurs ten times, Harry three times, Fred once, and Dan
once — the latter being probably the old Scriptural