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Where Do You Stand? Overusing Pet Names

Run of the mill pet names like babe, honey, or gorgeous are really sweet when they come from the love in your life, but since they are such standard terms of endearment, it's easy to use them with your friends, too.

For example, when a girlfriend of mine was dating her now-ex-boyfriend, he would always refer to her as sweetie, but he referred to her friends as sweetie too! To be honest it creeped me out a bit — if I were her I'd want that nickname to remain sacred between us — but tell me where you stand on the idea of reusing pet names with platonic friends.

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Twisted-Elegance Twisted-Elegance 8 years
fades - that's too funny, i think my bf secretly loves it too but he'll never tell me that lol
fades-the-sun fades-the-sun 8 years
twisted elegance - i call my bf "stinky" too! and not because he smells bad or anything either, i just think it's funny. he says he hates it but i think secretly he loves it... one of my bf's best friends calls me (and pretty much every girl he meets) "sweetheart." he'll come by to hang out with the two of us and it's, "what's up, sweetheart?" kinda took me by surprise the first time he said it, but i guess that's just his thing.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I think the pet name you call your SO should only be used with the SO. If someone calls other people by it, it doesn't seem special anymore. This is less likely to happen if someone has an original name like Victoria or Twisted. I call one of my friends Baby. I've been doing this for 4 years and she only wants to be referred to that way by me. I'm never allowed to say her name lol. I I do try not to refer to my other friends using the nickname baby because I feel that it isn't the same. I usually just say hunny.
pippins_halfling pippins_halfling 8 years
I'm with Miss Senorita. I had an ex who had some petnames that seemed very much just for me - when we said "goodbye" he would say "toodle pip" (like in my screen-name), but he did that with others too. Ah well.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
They annoy me especially if its unoriginal.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
I don't think I'd like that either. Usually my nicknames for my bf are specific to him, so I wouldn't call anyone else by those names - my bf's name is Wayne, so I call him Wuckers (In australia, the phrase "no worries" is sometimes changed to "no wuckers" as a slang thing, so it kind of comes from that) I frequently call MY [female] friends gorgeous, hun, chicken etc... but I would never, ever call HIS friends anything other than by their names. The bf is the only male that I would call baby or honey or anything like that - I only use nicknames on close female friends. I feel it means that there is no confusion about my intentions, haha!
Twisted-Elegance Twisted-Elegance 8 years
candace87 i totally agree with you.. why would someone take a nickname just because it's 'cute' and it has no meaning to them! i call my boyfriend "stinky" but he doesn't have bad b.o. by any means haha! it's just between him and i when we're alone but most of the time we just call each other babe, baby, etc. i would never call him stinky in public.. that would be way embarrassing lol i don't really have "cute" nicknames for my friends but i do call one of my best friends "hoeski" it's an inside joke though cause we're always calling other girls hoeski's lol :-p oh, and i would DEFINITELY get ticked off if my bf was calling random girls "sweetie" or anything along those lines.. not cool at all!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
i want a guy to call me a petname!! :( I'm usually only refered to by my name... with an occasional baby thrown in for good measure.
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 8 years
My boyfriend calls me pancakes. It was something that my friend michelle mis-heard one day (I was talking about how I wanted to make pancakes) and she was like "your nickname is pancakes?" and then he just started called me that. I love it. I call him pumpkin because that is what I think his orange cat should be named.
sleepypie sleepypie 8 years
I despise pet names among friends, & especially when someone I hardly know uses a pet name for me like "sweetie." Ew. A romantic relationship, however, is a whole different story.
DarlingDA DarlingDA 8 years
The boyfriend calls me "darling" and I call him "honey pie". I don't think either of us have ever called anyone else by that name, but I think I would be a little ticked off if he called another girl "darling". Generic ones like "hon" or "sweetie" I wouldn't care about, but darling is mine!!!! We have one guy in my office that says "Good morning, Sunshine!" to me every morning, and I was kinda creeped out until I realized he called everyone that, even his male coworkers.
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
Omg, I hate it when people overuse pet names. And by overuse I mean use the same name for a bunch of different people. It's not a sweet cute name that actually means something anymore if you use it on everyone you know!! Then it's just like a regular word, like saying "hey you!" or something. I don't mind people calling their friends pet names...but to make it special, maybe have different names for people that actually mean something about your relationship with that one person. There were a couple words and names I thought my bf just used with me for a while. And then I realized he uses them around all his friends. It just makes you feel really unloved. Like you aren't anything special, you're just the same as all his friends. :(
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm okay with it. I'm guilty of this, too. I've used pet names with my close friends (they are dear to me).
lauraxtc lauraxtc 8 years
i like pet names. i dont really care.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 8 years
I have no problem with friends using pet names for each other, mine do. But I'd be weirded out if my friend's bf used pet names for me. Those are 2 different situations.
candace87 candace87 8 years
I do have a name for him, but now I'm more careful not to use it infront of others.. I don't like to embarass him, but occasionally it has just come out.. and the name has a personal silly reason to just the two of us, and another friend of mine thought the name was 'cute' so she has taken it upon herself to start calling her boyfriend the same name. Call me silly but since it has a meaning to my guy and myself, I'm bothered that she would 'take' it just because its 'cute'.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I always keep separate "pet names" But I usually just call my friends by their real names anyway.
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
Me and my partner call each other 'sweetie' but we don't go all out on the sickening pet names. I don't do it with my friends, it annoys me too much.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
the husband is boobah. like those creepy kids toys. yup. i call most of my friends "dear" out of pure sarcasm.
designerel designerel 8 years
I don't know if I'm just being unreasonable, but I would really hate it if my boyfriend was calling other girls "honey" or "sweetie." And I'm pretty sure he'd hate it if I called other guys by pet names.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
My boyfriend and I have interesting pet names for one another... we don't really use them in public because theres no use for it! On the phone he'll be like I love you, Babe/Baby, etc. thats about it. we usually say each others name.. i think it personalizes it more... haha
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Hmmm I guess it depends on the pet name and how often it's used. I call my boyfriend "Spanks" every so often and he calls me "Peanut" but not to the point where it's annoying...
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I call my friends "hon" -- my MOM so made this a habit. I never call my BF this. Sometimes I call him baby at home, mostly some ridiculous name like "clown" -- don't know why! In public, I call him by his name. I feel like calling him by a nickname in public is sort of disgusting lol. I'm weird.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I like pet names, but I would hate to hear a pet name I think is special for me being used on every girl the bf knows. He used to call me "mamasita" which I wasn't too fond of but let him use it until one day I heard him say it to his mom (who hates me!). I just stopped him there and said he will never ever use the same name on me that he does with his mom. ps: I know a couple that over use the word "babe". Mostly its funny because the girl will get sick of it after a while and just start yelling "Babe? babe?babe?babe? Whaaat?" lol
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