23 May 2010

Pet Names...

On my high school baseball team everyone had nicknames.  Seriously everyone, but they were more than nicknames, the were earned, which made them more like titles.  We used these nicknames for each other at all times, many of us still do.  It was as close as we got to hazing as well since, if you didn't have a nickname yet, you were an outcast.


In relationships it seems like each person has a go-to pet name for their partner.  Some of these I really can't stand, and if I was ever called them I'd have to re-evaluate my feelings.  Everyone uses these, even me, though I've always tried to keep mine unique for different girls.


I really dislike "babe" and "baby" which is a problem since they're probably the most common pet names out there.  Maybe that's why I don't like them, I find those couples who are always saying "Baby {this}" and "Baby {that}" really annoying.  I feel like "sweetie" is something you call children or maybe people who can't help themselves, most likely because the nurses at work call patients that all the time.  My best friend calls his wife "Dear," personally I don't think anyone should refer to their significant other as "dear" until they're in their late-60's at least.


I have a unique name for Hannah, but outside of that "Honey" or "Hun" are probably my pet names of choice.  Even at that I never use pet names as a replacement for their real name, usually it's used in the initial greeting and that's all.  Hannah has a semi-unique name she calls me, it's actually kind of ridiculous too, but I think that it's funny so I like it.

5 comments:

Claire said...

Babe doesn't drive me as crazy as baby does. Think about it...baby. BABY?? Really?! It seems really condescending. Babe is also a pig...hasn't everyone seen that movie?

Somehow I've never had pet names in a relationship. Thank goodness...

In French, they use "mon chouette" which basically means "my little cabbage." Legit.

Waiting On A Sister Missionary said...

Haha! I've actually heard that one! Hannah would always say "Mon Petit Chouchou."

I agree, baby is the worse of the two.

singlemormonchick said...

wellllll...i agree with you. in theory. i totally agree that some pet names or terms of endearment are just horrible. BUT. i prefer baby to babe. mr ex man and i used baby, but just to each other and not in replacement of our actual names. sometimes i called him honey, but NEVER dear. my parents called each other that. yuck. too old. msof was in the military and was stationed in germany-he would call me "schatze" which is roughly the equivalent of sweetheart. by the end of our marriage, we had named the dog schatze and we were calling each other butthead. i know. quite a commentary, eh? one of my favorites was by mr southern gentleman-he would just call me "my love". with that accent...i just melted. the nicknames are a basic way of laying claim on someone. if the guy i was dating only went by his full name ie: michael, i would call him mike. i dated one guy named chris who only allowed his mother to call him christopher. and me :) nicknames are fun,but i agree, they can get out of hand and be ridiculous. i was unaware of the french version you guys mentioned. i like it. :)

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