Xanga blogger RepressedWriter recently wrote about pet names and nicknames
, which got me thinking about the absurdity of them.
I'm guilty of calling every boy I have a relationship with "baby," and I have no explanation or defense of why. I do not
want children, I'm far too selfish to raise them well or to have my every move determined by a little me, so why I decide to refer to boyfriends with this connotation, I'm not sure. I've been called many of them too: sweetie, honey, babe, and none of them really bother me. (Sweetie does, only because that's my beautiful dog's name.) For the truly un-creative, there's even a pet name generator
if you're really feeling the pressure to be lovey.
Where did this tradition even originate? Now that I think about it, it seems asinine to me to call a significant other the same name as what I put in my tea every evening.
Are there any pet names you absolutely hate? What do you call your partner? Do you have any friends that have sickeningly sweet names for each other?