Friday, December 11, 2009

"He calls you sweetiepie, he called me sweetie pie" and a several other miscellaneous things.

First a big thanks to Bridget over at the Yellaphant who was giving out awards left and right on her blog today (yesterday? this time change is hard, yo). Thanks Bridget! When you move to Boston and I come home to visit, we'll go to the Burren and dance like the crazies we are, k?

I'd like to pass it along to:

A girl in melbourne - she takes pretty photographs of "my" city. (I accidentally called Inspector Climate's room "my room" the other day, it was awkward).

Salty Miss Jill - I just started reading her blog and the post I read she mentioned Elaine's dance from Seinfeld and I was all "SOULMATE."

Headed in the Right Direction - I just found her blog like yesterday, but she sent me an email being all "I CAN'T SWALLOW PILLS EITHER." I never knew this was such a widespread issue, and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy in a way that only blogs can.

What I actually wanted to write about today is how much I hate pet names. Poor Inspector Climate (and albeit very, very, very rarely because he's amazing) will slip and say "sweetie" or "babe" and I'll respond, like a lady, "that's ok, I just threw up in my mouth a little." Seriously, why does he stick around?

But what's my problem with pet names? At first, I thought it was because I couldn't stand to be called some generic name that The Boy has called any number of girlfriends before me. But I am not really all that jealous of a that can't be it, could it?

Then, I thought it was just because it grates me the wrong way when couples are all "babe, this" and "babe, that" All. The. Time. And it's not that I am against nicknames, you know? I love a good name. I just want it to be specific to me and to him. And I have specific nicknames for nearly everyone I know. I call Lo - "Kandy", and Becky - "Bobo", and Dubs - "Will", and these all make the epitome of sense if, you know, you were there that one time we were being silly. But Inspector Climate and I don't have nicknames for each other, and I am sure we will soon enough. And that in itself doesn't bother me at all...

But am I the only one cringes when someone calls them Baby or Babe? Do you utilise pet names? Am I crazy?


  1. I do use petnames, but really only in Spanish because for me saying, "mi amor," has none of the corny-ness associated with it that "honey," does for me in English.

  2. Aw, thanks for the friends award. I feel all warm and glowy.

    I've never been a big one for nicknames (never really had one and don't often use other people's) and I've never been much for pet names with my boyfriend either, until my most recent ex. It started as a joke, calling each other 'Pet' but eventually it stuck and it got to the point where I was worried it would slip out in front of friends or family, but we split up, so it was OK. ;)

    I don't mind being called babe or any other generic term of endearment...(warning: this will sound pathetic)'d be nice to have someone who feels that way about me again. *sigh*

  3. Oooh, reading Kyle's comment reminded me of a friend and her first husband who used to - in all sincerity - call each other 'honey' in a gooey schmooey voice and we could barely contain our mirth/gag reflexes.

    But they split up, so it was OK...

  4. Pet names drive me nuts and I politly asked, early on, that he stop. He said he did it because he thought he was supposed to. UGH.

  5. Terms of endearment, fine.
    Pet names..... I'll pass, thanks.

    Congratulations on the award - and nice work on passing it on to somebody who photopgraphs Melbourne. I'm off to perve on the place now.

  6. I'm the person you all hate. I'm all for pet names and multitudes of nicknames, to the point it weirds me out to call my boyfriend (imaginary boyfriend right now) by his real name. And I find it weird when he introduces me by my name. Hearing my name freaks me out.

  7. Congratulations on the award and thanks for introducing me to some new blogers.

  8. Thanks for the award! You are too sweet. :-)

  9. Kyle - i can see that. Does Seba use them too?

    Frisky Librarian - I am so glad I gave you the warm and fuzzies. Aw, you will! You're amazing.

    Linlah - I am glad you put your foot down, makes me feel like less of a bitch.

    Matthew - As I said, I am all for unique little nicknames. But it's the generic babe and honey and sweetie that make me want to stab my eye out.

    Sandy - OH NO. You're ONE of THEM. That's alright. We can still be friends. Just don't call me babe.

    Petty Wittar - Thank you and you're welcome :)

    Tabitha - You're very welcome. You deserve it! :)

  10. Wow-thanks! :)
    H and I call each other Bird. I have no idea how that came about, but it did, and there you go.

  11. Using or being called baby makes me cringe. Nothing is better than when my significant other refers to me as something who poops in their pants like it ain't no thing.

  12. Oh honey, I'm sorry! I use pet names all the time. But I think that's because I'm old. Don't hold it against me, babe or "throw up in your mouth a little" (that is so the funniest thing).
    Ciao sweetie xx

  13. Jill - I like bird, and that's unique to you guys, so that's totally cool.

    Hater Von G - this is all I am saying, 'babe' is cringe worthy.

    Selina - Hah, I'll try not to be offended by your use of petnames, but I may very well have some mouth-vomit issues.

  14. I am very guilty of using pet names, although I prefer to think of them as terms of endearment. My husband is "lovey." My daughter is "precious sweet one" and my son is "shmoo." These are the names that accompany hugs and generally are another way of saying "I love you."

    I've never cared for babe - it sounds like something a player would say. However, I do think nicknames are cute and sweet. Just another way of showing affection.