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    Power Poster Rhonda's Avatar
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    when shopping one of my pet peeves is to be called pet names by a stranger behind the checkout counter. I am always saying you don't know me well enough to call me pet names. I am not your Dear your Sweetheart or your Honey.

    So when talking to my DH I usually say Dear or occasionally honey ---No now keep it clean!!! LOL

    When I hung up talking to my youngest son just now I realized I call him dear at times. He was saying he doesn't know where his 7 yr old twins are at the moment! LOL They are the ones that just had the baby,. And I replied Well Dear be happy you have family to take care of them for you!

    So I was thinking he is the only one I call Dear. don't know why. I don't call his brother dear I don't think. I know I don't use pet names with Sara. Mayby Dear once in a while but not very often.

    When I was little my mom called me ladybug and I used that with Sara. My grandpa always called me punky as he had nicknames for everyone!

    My great granddaughter Adrianna they all call her Bug!!

    So what do you call your loved ones? Pet names or nicknames?

    I had an aunt who used to call me sweetie and I absolutely hated her calling me that!!

    My youngest is named after his dad and he is called Little Glen by me and some family members or GW his initials. I still occasionally shorten it to GDub.

    I'm just curious what do you do?

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    I call most little kids munchkin.

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    I used to call my husband, "Bubble," short for bubble-butt. Don't know why. Haven't called him that in forEver. But his brother will ask me, "so what's your Bubble up to?" hahaha... My own nickname growing up started off as Coalie-Nini. Eventually my immediate family shortened it to Nini, or Neen; my uncles & aunts shortened it to Coalie. My friends at school called me, "Reb." My father was born Chuck, but everyone called him Henry or HenBoy. My father & his brothers called my mother, "yay-yay." My younger sister, Catherine, was called, "Geendi," while my youngest sis was, "bug." My own children & grandchildren do not have nicknames. I affectionately call my son, "boyo," and my daughter, "GinaBelle," but don't consider those nicknames, just 'love you's.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I call most little kids munchkin.
    LOL Too funny as that is what my kids call me :shock: Just the other night when the Wizard of Oz was on the younger one called and say now where were you again ???? How rude ! LOL

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    I call my middle daughter by her middle name she will only respond to me when I say it. My youngest is bug, raggie, My oldest doesn't have a nick name. My husband is just honey.

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    Granddaughter Kaelyn is called Smooch by her daddy and grandpa, I always called her my Special angel. Her brother is Snuggle Bug by me, but I guess that will have to stop as he is now 18! Granddaughter Sydney is called Sunshine, Sugar, Sweetie, Sugar Pie and her little brother is called Rocko by Grabndpa. I call him my Buddy, or little stinker! I am Clem to hubby, and he is Fig to everyone but me. I find I use the term Hon a lot when talking to my children or nieces. The nieces and nephews call my daughter Linda, Didi. And hubby calls most of the guys Bud.

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    I call my DH "an opinionated old goat" but I do it with love!

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    Working in the service industry as a teen, we loved to call people by terms of endearment. It was fun to see who liked it and who hated it. Men thought it was a green light for sex and some women went ballistic. Good times.

    Working at a restaurant, endearments were considered flair. You'll get better tips if you call everyone honey, etc. I personally hate it. Unless the waitress is in her 70's and has a beehive. Then I adore it.

    Pookie is the generic term in my family. Also ancient gods but those are assigned to individuals. Once you get a god, it's yours for life.

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    I call my hubby 'Hunny' as he reminds me of pooh bear, you know round around the middle and talks alot lol.

    I call my son Mr Magoo.....not sure why, just do. My dogs names is Zeus, but I call him knuckle head....because he has got a big solid head, a term of love really!!

    I call one of my cats (Smudge) fat cat, becasue she is, and hte other cat (Harley) I call Little Boys....dotn ask me why the plural, I have no idea! He is only a small slight cat.

    When I want to get my mums attection I yell out MA!!! She hates it, so responds lol. Most kids I meet that know me call me Fruitbat...as that was my scout leader name and it has kind of stuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pookie ookie
    Working in the service industry as a teen, we loved to call people by terms of endearment. It was fun to see who liked it and who hated it. Men thought it was a green light for sex and some women went ballistic. Good times.

    Working at a restaurant, endearments were considered flair. You'll get better tips if you call everyone honey, etc. I personally hate it. Unless the waitress is in her 70's and has a beehive. Then I adore it.

    Pookie is the generic term in my family. Also ancient gods but those are assigned to individuals. Once you get a god, it's yours for life.
    I see pet names used by cashiers as offensive and disrespectful. I want to be treated like the adult I am and not like a pet or child.

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    I call my family a variety of pet names. My Mom started it when DD was very little. DD loved to pick cherries at my aunts house. Mom would call DD "George" , in reference to George Washington. Then she started called DD and her best friend, George and Martha. And it snowballed from there! LOL!!

    My Mom is now gone and the kids get still get called George, Ralph,and Fred(don't know where I got those from). Other names for the DD's are sweetie, baby girl, etc. I call my little granddaughter "Blondie girl" because of her blond hair, along with other pet names like her mommy and auntie. My grandson gets called Bubby alot. I try not use it much. Lexi calls him Gaby Baby. His name is Micah Gabriel and gets called Micah or Gabe most often. It's a wonder my children and grands even know their own names!! LOL!!

    DH and I most always call each other pet names. We only call each other by our given names when we are mad/upset with each other.

    I am not offended by being called "sweetie, dear, honey, etc" by strangers or those younger than me. It is so much a part of the south where we live that I think nothing of it. And I am just as guilty of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Quote Originally Posted by pookie ookie
    Working in the service industry as a teen, we loved to call people by terms of endearment. It was fun to see who liked it and who hated it. Men thought it was a green light for sex and some women went ballistic. Good times.

    Working at a restaurant, endearments were considered flair. You'll get better tips if you call everyone honey, etc. I personally hate it. Unless the waitress is in her 70's and has a beehive. Then I adore it.

    Pookie is the generic term in my family. Also ancient gods but those are assigned to individuals. Once you get a god, it's yours for life.
    I see pet names used by cashiers as offensive and disrespectful. I want to be treated like the adult I am and not like a pet or child.
    That's the whole point. I don't like it either. Also where I live, ma'am is considered offensive. Women think you're calling them old.

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    I call my hubby Sweetie Pie, my Son I call babydoll, my cat fuzzy but!!

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    My daughters are chickie dick and missy, my hubby is pet. I say sweetie to most of my 5th graders, male or female, and they don't seem to mind.

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    My husband is most often Baby or Sugarbuns. My dog Cassidy is fuzzbutt, my dog Eddy is Mister Ed. My youngest brother was called Pookie most of his youth, and if I want to get him riled up I will still use that. None of my siblings could pronounce my name, so I became Noonoo (nunu), and my father used that to his dying day.

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    Call DH "Bub"...Now for Bailey the OES dog.....Sometimes is Bales, sometimes it's Bud....whatever we feel like calling him...LOL...He answers to anything!

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    A friend called all my boys Smitty (for last name of Smith) since he could never remember which name went with which boy. The only one with a nickname that stuck is the #4 son who got called Anvil Child because he wrecked his bicycle so often jumping the hump betweeen the neighbors driveway and ours. DD got called Meshach, ShellyBell, Tinkerbell, Chevy (???).

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    In Texas, pet names public and private are popular. When I had my retail business - I lucked out most of the time by calling people names that made them comfortable. Working with the public, one learns quickly who's the "honey" and who's the "Mr" or "Mam!" Then there's always the customers that connect with no one, so they get a simple "Thank you."

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    I call our son GareBear - when he was younger, he was Pookie! I also call him Old MacDonald (he and his family bought a farm this Spring). He is Gary. Grandkids are Mads (Madeline) and Joshie (Joshua) I call my husband the love of my life or Rog,honey, sweetheart, Kiss me in the dark Sweetheart (after 50 years, not shabby, eh?) The doctor across the alley calls me EdieBear, or Grandma Edie. The worst of all and I hope I am not chastized for this, was when I was in high school I was called Titless Toots! NOT ANY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The dog is Miss Bess! Or, Bessie Mae, Bess, Bad Dog, Little Lady. She answers every name, except Bad Dog. She doesn't know who BAd Dog is. Sometimes I call her Roundhead. Edie

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    Our dog Sassi is called by more "pet"names by my hubby than he has ever called me. Sometimes I think I shoiuld be jealous!LOL But, Sassi was born with just a nub for a tail, so I call her Button-Butt or Poopsi. For some reason she really gets excited and all happy when I call her Poopsi.

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    When my kids were small I used to call them "punkin". Now they're married with their own kids. Once in a while I'll slip and call one of my daughters 'punkin' again in front of their kids and they (the kids) just laugh and laugh.
    "Did you write Punkin on your papers at school, Mom?"
    "Punkin, can I go outside?"
    "Punkin, will you pick me up after school".
    One of my 5yr old grandsons really latches on to it and won't stop calling his mother "Punkin" for days.
    My DDs just love me more when it happens...lol.

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    My granddaughter's name is Isabella, her mother called her Bella Boo for a while now I call her Boo.....

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    I always called my 2 boys Sunshine and our daughter Princess or Squirt. Now our kids all each other Hill... our last name. My DH family all call each other Hill... you have to be listening to the conversation to know who they're talking about!

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    I love nicknames but only to people i know. Don't call me honey if I'm older then you!! I call a girl at my job CareBear (Kerri), my husband is know by friends as Bear so some of the kids at church call me Mrs Bear when they don't say Miss Melissa. I used to share a house with an aunt and uncle when I was little--they call me Whissa and I call my aunt Khacki (kathy). My older sister couldn't say my name at 2 so she dubbed me Si-Si and herself Ka-Ka. I love calling her that in public!! I call my mom Woman out of affection and a few close older female friends Lady. I tease my dad that he's an old fart. My cousin is Jed-Man, my friends 2 girls are Hailey-Monster and Cady-Bug/tinkerbell...can't think of anymore right now.

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    I call my kids "Kiddo" from time to time.

    I also hate the "Honey', 'Sweetie' etc. you hear in public from customers or workers. I don't mind the "Sweetie" from someone who is older than me, but from someone who is young enough to be my child or even grandchild! NOT.
    I wear a name tag when I'm working so they could call me by my name. And those that do, or already know my name will call me Ms. Phyllis, not just Phyllis. I like that.

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