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Questions tagged [hypocorisms]

Substitute names used as affectionate substitutes for the real name. Sometimes these are completely different like "honey" or "sweetie", but sometimes they are affectionate diminutives like "Jimmy" for "James".

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Feminine form of “son” when used as term of endearment [duplicate]

It seems natural and appropriate for an older man to call a non-relative boy/young man “son” to convey endearment. Although I’m not sure, I think it’s unofficially reserved for men’s use only (the ...
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Comma placement after [greeting] and a [term of endearment]

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. When addressing someone with a term of endearment and a greeting, how does comma placement work? The reason why other questions didn't work in answering this was ...
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Are capital letters used for terms of endearment like “Honey” and “Sweetheart”?

When writing a sentence (for a book/story) do the endearments Honey, Sweetheart, etc. get capital letters? e.g. "Are you ready, Honey?" or "Are you ready, honey?"
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How did “Pork Chop” become a term of endearment? [closed]

Pork Chop is such an odd term of endearment, any idea what its origin is? Update: For context, I heard the term used in two different contexts. The first was as a nick-name for my dog who is a large ...
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How did “pumpkin” come to be a term of endearment?

The logic of some terms of endearment is fairly clear. Sweetie, honey, cupcake all refer to food treats. However, the use of the term pumpkin as a tenderness seems somewhat counterintuitive. While ...
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Why do we call our lovers “baby”?

It is common in American English and culture to refer to one's lover or significant other as "baby" or "babe", for example: Come on baby, light my fire! 1 or I got you, I won't let go. I got ...
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What terms and expressions can be used in English to show one's love to his/her girlfriend/boyfriend? [closed]

I know in every language there are a lot of ways and cute names to address your girlfriend or your boyfriend to show you love her/him. The names can be creative for any couple. As Andy mentions these ...