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Noto una recente tendenza della stampa satirica a terminare in 'y' alcuni cognomi; per esempio, oggi leggevo Renzy per Renzi e Alfy per Alfano.

Sapreste dire quale sia l'origine di questa modificazione, e se la stessa è usata anche in altre lingue neolatine?

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    An anglicism and a term of endearment used sarcastically as a diminutive? – user193 Feb 21 '14 at 21:22
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    La modifica ortografica di y per i finale era comune in francese (anticamente si scriveva roy invece di roi, per esempio) ed è rimasta in inglese. – egreg Feb 21 '14 at 22:59
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I believe we can agree that this specific use in the Italian press is an attempt to sound "English" (many think it is "cool", "modern" - Italians are known to be xenophilous after all), hence we should call it an "anglicism".

Specifically it is a diminutive form of a given name (this is called a "hypocorism") and is typically used as a "term of endearment" ("vezzeggiativo", in Italian). Of course, such diminutive terms of endearment can also be used sarcastically as derogatory terms, as in the examples mentioned in the question.

I ignore the origin of the suffix "-y" as a diminutive (a "hypocorism by reduction"), some say it is of German origin, egreg suggested in his comment above it is of French origin. I suspect it might be common to more than one language.

Some reading (links from english.stackexchange):

On the origin of the English diminutive suffix -y, -ie, The Free Library

Etimology of suffix -y, Wiktionary

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In questo specifico caso, Renzy puo' essere semplicemente la storpiatura di Renzie (a sua volta derivato da un'analogia fatta fra Renzi e il personaggio Fonzie). Questo l'ho trovato soprattutto nei commenti degli utenti, non tanto nei titoli della stampa.

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