had pet names for all her favourite courtiers; q.e.:
The mother of Sir John Norris she called “My own Crow.” Burghley was
Mountjoy she termed her “Kitchenmaid in Ireland.”
has given more variants than any other Christian name: Eliza,
Isa, Isabel, Lizzy, Elizabeth, Elisabetta, Betty, Bettina, Bess, Bessy,
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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