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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
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Were I feeling snarky, I might suggest, "saccharinism." –  The Raven May 14 '11 at 9:20
    
My husband and I call it "schmooping." –  KitFox May 14 '11 at 18:34
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