Say you hate being called a specific nickname or pet name, but there’s one person who calls you it and you secretly like it? I’ve tried finding a word, but I don’t know if there is one. Maybe there’s a phrase?

  • Why would there be a word for this? There is a sentence such as the one you used.
    – Lambie
    Jul 10 at 17:46

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One expression is to have a soft spot for someone. Farlex has

a soft spot
A particular fondness or affection for someone or something, often for reasons that [are] hard to understand or articulate.

So you could say:

I hate being called diddykins but secretly like it when X calls me that. I have a soft spot for her/him.

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