Terms of Endearment

My dh calls me "dear." I hate it. Makes me feel older than my 40 years and all my gray hair (which must be colored today.)


I don't say anything because he chose it, and he was never really an affectionate guy and he came up with this all on his own. How can I tell him I hate to be called "dear?"

In the book I'm reading, the hero calls the heroine "baby." Now, she's a big tough chick, certainly no one's baby, and the term grates with me.

I started thinking about terms my characters use for each other, and I don't think I use them very much. Seth might have called Lauren "babe," and Mal calls Maddy "sweetheart."

Do your characters use terms of endearment? What are they?

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Kelly Boyce said...

My sister calls her husband baby which strikes me as strange, because my sister is so not the 'baby' calling type. And every time I hear it all I can think of is Jessica Simpson. Ugh. Bad mental. Bad.

Linda Winfree said...

I've had characters use terms of endearment, but it depends on the personalities of the characters. I've got a hero who calls the heroine "precious," which suits how he views her. She calls him "sweet thing," which begins as a mocking term, but becomes something else entirely.

In the book I just finished, the heroine consistently calls the hero by his last name, so when she finally calls him by his first name, it becomes a term of endearment and intimacy.

MJFredrick said...

Linda, I LOVE the use of the last name - I did that in Second Chances.

And I love how the mocking turns to something else.

Kelly, LOL at Jessica Simpson!

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Interesting.

My hero and heroine call each other by their last names. Only my villians seem to call women by (IMO icky) terms of "endearment." And then I usually kill them off.

Wait--my heroine's best friend calls her Babe, sometimes. But she's gay and smokes cigars. Does that count? ;-)

Candy (whose hubby doesn't call her by mooshy nicknames either)

MJFredrick said...

LOL on killing the villains who use the mooshy names, Candy!

BTW, Amazon just notified my Aye Do or Die is on its way! Too bad I won't have it for SARA tomorrow night!


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