my lindo chikito
"Mi lindo chiquito" is also an acceptable expression depending on the context.
Don't know why I wated my time. hehehehe
¡Por supuesto! The mission of the Starship Enterprise was to boldly split infinitives and thereby break the grip of Latin on the English language.
Most grammarians today agree that the rule was silly in the first place, and only "suggest" avoiding split infinitives now, except when such a split makes the sentence sound stilted.
The best known split infinitive in England comes from a long running American programme. Do you know what it is? Judging by how you deciphered the origin of Lazarus's name, you probably do. A clue, look to the stars.
I feel your pain, buddy!
But language is a living and evolving thing, and can't be held back. I split infinitives without a care, whereas my grandfather would have considered that very bad writing, and I'm sure my grandchildren will use language in ways I consider unacceptable, even though grammarians by then may have accepted such changes. But it's kind of nice that language is flexible like this; how we write is very much a reflection of our personalities.
And don't feel bad. We ALL turn into our parents.
I appreciate what you are saying but I think it is something which comes with age. I listen to my grandchildren and sometimes "wince" when they say things. God, I've turned into my father.
Thanks for the quick response. Yes it was a text message so that may explain the informality. I believe cutie was the word she was trying to convey.
Remember that to a Spanish speaker, "my" isn't necessarily an English word. If you knew only Spanish, you would conclude that M+Y = mi. A lot of this new spelling is more playful than practical. People are having fun with it (not I, mind you). So whereas I consider things like "habeses" for "a veces" to be bad writing (that is, incorrect), I don't feel the same about things like "chikito." Para gustos se han hecho colores, eh?
As for everyone eventually speaking English, it has long been my theory (more like a firmly held conviction) that in a few hundred years, give or take, we will indeed all be speaking the same language (possibly in addition to another mother tongue), but it won't be English as you and I know it. It will be more like the street language spoken in Blade Runner (one of the best films ever made, IMO), a mixture of the culturally-dominant languages of the world in the future. Naturally, English will play a large part in this, just as Norman French did in creating modern English.
OK, time to step down from the soapbox...
Yes. I agree. Often times, 'lindo' is used practically as a noun. It would be kind of like "my little cutie" (but different). It's not formal.
If this carries on then James, like changing mi to my, in no time at all we will probably all be speaking English. That will certainly make my life easier here.
Replacing and omitting letters is not bad writing, it is a new form of writing. People do it on their telephones when texting, and in chat rooms, etc., supposedly to save time. I personally detest such spelling, but since it is done intentionally and is so widespread, I certainly don't consider it bad writing.
You changed the order from "mi lindo chiquito" to "mi chiquito lindo," but the nuance is different between those two, and it should be left as the original writer intended it.
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It means my lovely little boy, however, it is badly written. It should be mi chiquito lindo.