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So many newly-weds have this practice of calling one another ridiculous but affectionate names i.e. honey-bunch, or 'bunny-boo' etc.

Is there a single-word term for this practice?

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Hypocorism might do the trick. Otherwise a "term of endearment" is a specific hypocorism that addresses what you are talking about.

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But personally I would go for drippy. – NateMPLS May 14 '11 at 5:34
And, I see now that you wanted a single-word term... Please be gentle in the down-votes. :) – NateMPLS May 14 '11 at 5:36
Got it. I love wikipedia. – NateMPLS May 14 '11 at 5:39
Were I feeling snarky, I might suggest, "saccharinism." – The Raven May 14 '11 at 9:20

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