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Non-Significant Others Calling You by a Pet Name
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Posted 11/22/15
Does it bother you?

When a stranger or acquaintance calls you "sweetie" or "dear" or something else. I think it's okay if older folks do it since they're from a different generation, but it's very strange to me when someone around my age that I barely know calls me "baby" or "dear" so I'm wondering if anyone else feels the same.

I'm usually too timid to tell them to stop so I just suck it up and let them say what they want. I know they don't mean to make me feel strange so I try to focus on that.
Posted 11/22/15
I do it a lot.
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I don't mind but I will be lying if I say didn't make me feel conscious of the person saying that.
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Posted 11/22/15
Yes. Hate it. Light it on fire.

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Posted 11/22/15
Nope. Don't care.
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I don't mind it if it's an older person like you said.

If anyone else says it, then I think it's kinda weird. I've met people before and they gave me a name right on the spot.
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I don't really like it, it seems more intimate for me. I only use pet names for people I really like.
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Posted 11/22/15
Don't care but don't expect a response if you need my attention.
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Posted 11/22/15
You mean like how southerners do that to everyone? I really don't mind
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Posted 11/22/15 , edited 11/22/15
I don't care. People can call me whatever they want.

Preferably your royal highness
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Posted 11/22/15
Those aren't pet names but generic terms of endearment

Pet names are specific stuff that only you and a significant other are supposed to know
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Posted 11/22/15
er... guilty as charged
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Posted 11/22/15

nanikore2 wrote:

Those aren't pet names but generic terms of endearment

Pet names are specific stuff that only you and a significant other are supposed to know


I stand corrected.

But they still make me somewhat uncomfortable when strangers use them. It would be the worst if coworkers used them but, fortunately, mine do not.
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Posted 11/22/15
I call young girls and young men "sugar cube"(I'm in Texas).

I call older men "sweetie pie" and older women "cupcake" whenever I'm just being friendly with them. It just kinda stuck with me. I hardly call anyone by their names. If I call you by your name without some sort of spin on it. I probably really, really dislike you.

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Posted 11/22/15 , edited 11/22/15

Morbidhanson wrote:


nanikore2 wrote:

Those aren't pet names but generic terms of endearment

Pet names are specific stuff that only you and a significant other are supposed to know


I stand corrected.

But they still make me somewhat uncomfortable when strangers use them. It would be the worst if coworkers used them but, fortunately, mine do not.


If a coworker does it, you'd be better off to just let the person know it makes you uncomfortable.

"I'd appreciate it if you don't call me sweetie, it makes me uncomfortable"

If they still do it after you've made a direct request, then it could be considered harassment
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