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I went to a dinner/benefit concert last night at the house of Nashville's premiere vegan chef. The food was great. I was joined at my table by one of the regulars, Jeff. Jeff is a general contractor and handyman who happens to speak with a very pronounced Boston/New England accent, flattening all the A's and dropping the Rs. He has to paaaaa(r)k the caaaaa(r). He's sort of the Bob Villa of Nashville.<br><br><br><br>
Jeff introduced me to his girlfriend, a remarkably physically attractive woman named Ellen with a charming Southern accent.<br><br><br><br>
Jeff and Ellen then proceeded to have dinner with me, and to converse with each other. Each of them addressed the other as "Honey." Almost every sentence addressed to each other began with the word "Honey" or "Well, Honey," etc. It soon got to the point where all the "Honey's" seemed excessive and irritating.<br><br><br><br>
What was particularly strange was that "Honey" was being used in a not entirely affectionate way, at least some of the time. I'm not saying it was used sarcastically, but there was at least a little bit of an edge to it.<br><br><br><br>
I guess I'm still scratching my head in puzzlement over all the "Honey's." What do you think might have been going on?<br><br><br><br>
BTW, the one time I asked Jeff a question about his line of work, Ellen made a point of complaining about the discussion being boring to her, etc.<br><br><br><br>
For what it is worth, I almost never addressed my girlfriend as anything other than her name. Not "dear," "darling," "sugar," "sweetie-pie," etc.
 

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I can't speak for your Jeff and Ellen, but where I lived in the South (east Tennessee), nearly everyone called other people Honey. Two men wouldn't call each other honey, but wives and husbands often did, and women tended to call everyone Honey. Even strangers -- cashiers and restaurant staff were always calling me that. Often it's shortened to Hon. Just a cultural thing, I guess. Possibly your Jeff picked it up from Ellen?
 

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I use pet names very liberally, but usually in the privacy of our own home. I don't want others to get all shmoopied out!<br><br>
I do agree that it is more common here in the south. I cannot stand the insincere "honey"s "sweetie"s and "darlin'"s doled out by people who I don't know, like sales people or waitresses.<br><br>
So, if you're going to call me honey, you better darn well mean it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by christy13</i><br><br><b>Not everyone is the South does that, but it's especially prevalent with Waffle House waitresses.</b></div>
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You ain't a kidding! I used to date one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><b><i>Tame's signature says:</i><br><br>
Haters want to hate<br><br>
Lovers want to love<br><br>
I don't want to do<br><br>
None of the above<br><br>
I want to piss on you...</b></div>
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i had no idea you were into that 'golden showers' stuff, <i>honey</i>. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Hmmm...I only call the hub by his name when I'm mad at him...otherwise it's honey, sweety, hub, hubby, or dear. I live up north in Wi. But if anyone else around here would call me honey like a sales person or waitress <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"> that would be strange.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tame</i><br><br><b>You ain't a kidding! I used to date one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></b></div>
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I used to, uh, you know, **** one. I heard a lot of "honey" from her...<br><br><br><br>
Sorry. Couldn't resist.<br><br><br><br>
My wife and I call each other honey, baby, and some other things all the time. I feel weird simply calling her by her name, as if one of us was just any other person to the other. The saccharin pronoun makes it more intimate and personal, as if we have a special right to call each other those things.
 

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If I'm ever called Ruthie or Ruth by my man I know he is very very upset with me. He calls me babe, sweety, honey, boo boo, boo-la-dee-boo, sexy mamma, and ol'e bird..go ahead and laugh at the last one. I think it's cute and there's actually a story behind it. But some people get put off by it when he calls me by that one. It's nothing but pure affection though you can be sure.
 

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My boyfriend sticks "my" in front of everything... he calls me my baby, my darling, my love. If I'm all sad about stuff he'll say "shame, my baby" .. heh.. it's cute.<br><br><br><br>
Maybe it would sound dumb if he didn't have such a neat accent. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I call Kurm "my *****" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Awww..and what would be the punishment? A dual spanking perhaps??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:">
 

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I love terms of endearment, and I've been know to use "honey" regularly. However, since "honey" and "fish" aren't vegan, perhaps I should use something more appropriate such as mango, flax seed, soybean, cucumber ... you get the idea.
 
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