Don”t call me Babe! The most hated pet names for women revealed (sorry sweetcheeks)
It has become one of the most common terms of endearment used by couples, but “babe” has been voted the most hated pet name for women.
The term, made popular by Sonny and Cher”s Sixties hit I Got You Babe, come out on top in a new study.
‘Sweetcheeks’, ‘snookums’ and ‘muffin’ were also a definite no no, but terms such as ‘gorgeous’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘lovely’ were considered acceptable.
Pet name: Cher and her former husband, the late Sonny Bono, called each other “Babe” in the Sixties hit I Got You Babe
Intimate nickname: Victoria Beckham famously admitted to calling her husband David by the pet name “goldenballs” during an interview with Michael Parkinson
Americanised nicknames like ‘baby girl’ and ‘baby doll’ are also unpopular, along with ‘pudding’ and ‘pumpkin’.
The research also revealed that only one in five Britons calls their partner by their full name the majority of the time, with the same number admitting to using a private nickname when no-one else is around.
Many of the men who took part in the study also confessed to referring to their partner with terms they would only use while she was out of earshot.
‘The Mrs’ or ‘the wife’ were still used by some men, while one in six quietly referred to their partner as ‘the boss’.
Too much information: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”s pet names for one another are rumoured to be “Babykins” and “Big Willie”
‘Her indoors’ was also a popular name for an absent wife or girlfriend, while one in 14 brave men had dubbed their loved one ‘The ball and chain’.
“Petnames between partners are usually used as a way to show a little regular affection but some are clearly better than others,’ says a spokesman for Siteopia.com, who commissioned the study.
‘Whether using the more common terms like “babe” or “darling” or some of the moremodern terms, the research shows the ones we choose for our partner canhave very differing impacts.
TOP 20 MOST HATED PET NAMES FOR WOMEN
2. Sweet cheeks
4. Baby doll
5. Baby girl
8. Baby cakes
9. Sexy pants
12. Angel pie
15. Sugar lips
20. Sugar pie
TOP 20 ACCEPTABLE PET NAMES FOR WOMEN
14. Sweetie Pie
15. Sexy legs
“There’s a lot of power in a name and each one throws up different connotations so it’s important to know which ones will flatter a partner and which are definitely not going to have the right effect.’
One in ten husbands and boyfriends admitted they let their partner call them a soppy nickname they would dread their friends ever finding out.
Meanwhile one in ten Britons surveyed revealed that they were left embarrassed when others discovered their private nickname, with 44 per cent accidentally using it when others were around.
‘Of course personal nicknames, when born out of affection, are a nice thing for partners to have between oneanother,’ added the spokesman.
‘Although as we’ve seen they aren’t always names we want shared publicly.
‘There’s a lot to be read from a name, and sometimes using too strongly cliched or overly-soppy pet namesfor someone we like will just be seen as insincere.’