Endearments. Yes or No?
How do you feel about them being used in a romance novel? Do you use them on a regular basis without even realizing it? I admit I call my girls names like: hon; sweetie; babe or baby-doll – just to name a few. But when is it appropriate to use them on adults, and how do you draw the line between cutesy and creepy?
While researching endearments for my latest Valentine’s romance, Finding Destiny, I came across a lot that I already knew and a few new ones that gave me a good laugh. I thought I’d collect a list of my favs, including the absolutely ridiculous ones that I couldn’t bear to leave behind. 😉
Here are the ones that made the cut:
- chicka – my high school French teacher used to call me this all the time;
- cutie patootie;
- cutie pie;
- dahlin’ – yes, I have a thing for Pitbull;
- darling – I still prefer that one ^^^;
- dear – the only reason I kept this one in is because I will never forget the time my dad was cutting down cornstalks for Halloween one year and my mother yelled: “Dear, there’s a deer!” My dad had no clue what she was saying and the deer ran right past him, without him knowing it. Lol. (Sorry, fun childhood memory);
- hot stuff;
- lover boy;
- old lady – I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my hubby’s called me this a time or two;
- precious – Lord of the Rings – hee hee;
- pussy-cat – I had to;
- snuggle bunny;
- sunshine – you make me happy when skies are grey;
- sweet-cheeks – my hubby likes to call me this too;
- sweet pea;
- sweets – I’ve always liked this one for some reason.
There. Did any of those make you cringe? Lol. This should make the ladies feel a little better. 😀
How about these ones–BIG no nos for authors–the ones that didn’t make the cut:
- Big daddy yum yum – Seriously???? Who came up with this one??
- Cuddle-bear – I don’t know. This one just sounds awkward to me;
- Duck – can someone please explain this one to me, cuz I don’t get it;
- Fruitcake – I’m sorry, but if someone called me a fruitcake I’d probably have to shoot them the finger behind their back;
- Honey toast? Really? People actually use these?
- Poopsy – I know I’ve heard this one before, but it doesn’t mean I like it;
- Rag-beggar – No, I’m not making this shit up;
- Rumpy-diddle – no comment;
- Sugar-booger – just eww;
- Last… and maybe even least: winky dink.
There you have it. Have I inspired you? Bahahaha. Maybe you’ve coined your own endearment. Or maybe I’ve missed one that you think should have made it on my list. The comment box is your friend. Don’t be shy. Let me hear em.