Whether it’s having a beer together in the bar, shopping in the market or cuddling under the covers: hardly any couple can do without a contact name. Some use the partner first name as a guide and simply shorten it. Others are more creative and use made-up names. And then of course there are the basics like sweetheart, darling.
Whether unusual or classic: nicknames are very trendy. But which ones are given most often in relationships? Where does the urge for the affectionate designations and sometimes bizarre trivializations come from? And what distinguishes them from nicknames?
Animal names are also very trend among couples. From sparrows to stallions, everything is represented. Mouse, rabbit and bear often have to serve as namesakes, also in all conceivable combinations. Animal names are also great for trivialization with the ultimate syllable. Living rooms are teeming with “little monkeys”, “kittens” and “little frogs”. But the personalities of the partner can also be coupled with animal names. The “cuddly rabbit” cuddles with the “cuddly mouse” and the cuddly bear with the sloppy duck.
Derivations from the everyday world are also gladly taken. To put it simply: Everything that we find beautiful can also be our partner. Sunshine, stars, dolls or angels. And of course everything to do with love: little hearts, sweethearts. On the other hand, baby, sweetness, pretty are used more rarely. And only 1 % of people call their partner honey in Europe for example.
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