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Pet Names For Partners: Nice or Nauseating?

Baby talk among adults is a definite no-no in my book, but what about calling your significant other by a name no one else does? The nickname can be as simple as "sweetie" or as creative as "schmooky pie."

It can be conforming and natural to use a name that expresses affection for your significant other, as long as people around you don't find the constant assertion of endearment annoying. For example, some couples participate in an endless litany of "babes" — "Hey, babe." "Sure, babe." "Thanks, babe." — over, and over again.

How do you feel about using pet names?


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hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 7 years
My ex's have ranged from calling me sugar and sweetpea, and my current lover calls me cutie occasionally, but hates them as a rule.
CrazyBella CrazyBella 8 years
He's my Bubba and I'm his Babe/baby hehe
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I just think it depends on the nickname :). Although, I hate the term "baby" or "babe". Urgh
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
Cute but depends on the pet lol
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I tend to call everyone I love by pet names even my pets. I guess I'm weird but that's how people around me know that they're special to me. I don't usually use super cutsie things so I can say them in public and nobody really knows. I mean sure I call my husband babe sometimes but I also call him pickle sometimes. I call my mom cheese because she's like the big cheese of our family and sometimes cheeseburger. There's no hard and fast rules. i think pet names are nice but I hate to see couples out who are using them to control each other i.e. are you really going to have that extra piece of cheesecake dear, or you're looking a little sloppy today hon. I just don't like that at all
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
i used to call this woman i was talking to chouette or chou chou which means cabbage in french, which is kind of the equivalent of sweetpea, and she used to call me doux doux which is a carribean term of endearment. if we went into the baby talk arena or went overboard like loverickii's friend i would've nauseated MYSELF before anybody else felt like gagging. i think pet names are cute but some people can just be ridiculous. @spacekatgal-that is one of the most hilarious and witty pet names i've ever heard of.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i don't mind what you call each other when you're alone together but in public please keep in out of earshot or tone it down. I have this one friend who just makes me nauseous when i hear her call/talk about her boyfriend, her "sweet honey bunny boo bear, her one and only" that is too extreme!!!! i can handle honey, hun, love, babe... just please not to excess...
tglynn tglynn 8 years
Depends on the depth of the relationship and the name. An ex called me poptart and I loved it. lol
roseate roseate 8 years
my ex-boyfriend used to call me sweetie, but that was mostly in written messages. I didn't call him by any pet name, but I was tempted to call him babe on occasion.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
I'll do it one on one I love to call those I love "gordos" which if fatty but in my country is like calling someone sweetie. I always call does I love gordis or gordo.
cheer4veggies cheer4veggies 8 years
no s.o. right now but this all reminds me of the dinner party episode of the office. where jan and michael keep calling each other babe. im partial to the use of 'dear' for any man im with.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Depends on the nickname. Too cutesy=gross!
bgorgeouss bgorgeouss 8 years
I always thought it was weird when my college roommate and her boyfriend would call each other 'hun', but now years later, I'm using pet names with my longtime boyfriend, too! I think it really just happens naturally, whether you like it or not, once you've been in a relationship for a while. He calls me baby and I call him babsies- but of course, that's just for private use. :)
Meike Meike 8 years
Yup, I love our pet names. I must admit that we do keep it on the tamer side in public than in private. For example, in public, I'll call him 'honey'. In private, I might call him something cuter like 'hon bun bun'.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 8 years
i probably do it in public too much - actually i know we do - but i can't help it. i never call him by his real name, to me he's 'baby'!! unless i'm mad. then i call him by his first name :) i love petnames too much.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I like pet names, too. My husband and I have pet names for each other. The names came about naturally. The only time I don't like pet names is when my husband uses it when we argue. His pet name for me is endearing to me, and when he uses it when we argue, I get conflicting feelings about it. It's awkward for me.
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 8 years
I love petnames! My husband and I definitely use them all the time (in private, not so much in public). I think they're a cute way to show affection.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Nice, if it's simple and not said in some obnoxious version of baby talk. If you're crooning the word "schnookums" like you're talking to an infant though, you deserve a swift kick in the ass.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
I call my boyfriend "tigerbear" and he calls me "kitten". It's more of an inside joke and we don't call each other that in public.
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