So, it turns out there are several reasons why women give nicknames to the men they date: to make talking about the men easier and more identifiable for your girlfriends; to guard your heart until your guy becomes a fixture in your life; and as a term of endearment.
One last word on the subject: Never tell the man you are dating what his nickname is. The word combinations you create to capture a man's essence may seem descriptive or sweet to you, but he might not see it that way. Avoid any unintended insults by keeping those creations between you and your girlfriends. I didn't tell my husband his nickname for over a year ... and you never have to reveal those clever monikers at all.
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