Babe. Honey. Sweetie. Bae. Daddy. Sugar. Baby.
I can't stand when couples are sitting in a restaurant, bar, park, or any public place and they start or end every sentence with "Babe."
"Babe, what are you going to get?"
"I don't know Babe. I think maybe a sandwich."
"Oh, that sounds really good Babe."
"How about you Babe? This wrap looks really good, doesn't it Babe?"
I don't find these "cute" nicknames cute; they're actually a pretty big turn-off. It is super annoying for those of outside of the relationship. Using the nicknames is similar to boasting the fact that they have a significant other. Think of the same conversation like this:
"Mary, what are you going to get?"
"I don't know John. I think maybe a sandwich."
"Oh, that sounds really good Mary."
"What about you John? This wrap looks really good, doesn't it John?"
When you swap out the pet names for your real names, it sounds a little quirky. This isn't how you would usually speak to someone.
Instead, talk to me in an age-appropriate manner. This may be my inner-Grandma coming out, but I'd like to have conversations about what we're both currently doing in life. I'd rather spend my time talking with my boyfriend about our days at work, our favorite hockey team (hopefully!), or talk life in general. This is much more interesting than seeing who can use "Babe" the most in a sentence.
I don't think I'm any less of a loving person because I don't like pet names. I think I am more of a sensible person. I don't find the "baby-talk" attractive. I just don't like it. Some ladies don't like getting flowers or chocolate. I don't like pet names or baby-talk.
I get it. Pet names and nicknames arise from situations in the relationship. However, if you find yourself using them multiple times in a short span of time, please consider leaving the name out every once in a while.
Also! General PSA/rant:
PLEASE STOP CALLING YOUR BOYFRIENDS "DADDY!" It is gross and unnecessary.