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Hi, Pookie: Why Women Nickname The Men They Date

The author explained that she and her girlfriends often share every little detail about dating, but fail to share the most intimate detail — the man's name. For these women, not revealing the man's real name worked like a hedge against potential heartbreak and the possibility that he might "ghost," as they called it, or disappear quickly.

Terms of Endearment: Sickening or Sweet?
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Terms of Endearment: Sickening or Sweet?

I just love that expression, a ‘Terms of Endearment’: a word or term used when talking to somebody that you care for. There’s universally common ones, ones that only crop up in certain countries or regions and even unique ones that you can relate to one person. Some folk use them lightly, have a term that they use without even thinking and everybody they meet is their “Darling”, “Honey” or some such.

Odd Facts About Names
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Odd Facts About Names

What soft drink was a hit in the US but not in Spanish speaking countries? Do names really matter? You bet they do, especially when the name of the product is great in one language but the same word offensive in another language. Take for example the name of the soft drink Fresca which had problems when it was sold in Mexico. Why? In Mexico, the word Fresca is slang for lesbian. Any time a product is being named, alternative languages must be considered as to not inadvertently offend another culture, especially if you plan on marketing to that culture.

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Tomfoolery

The Best Of The Web: Getting Freaky And Nicknames

A good cry from The Wonder Years. Letting your freak flag fly. Interesting vaginas. Did Britney Spears break up? 8 steps to wreck a relationship. Bikram Yoga can produce better erections. Some pick-up lines for 2010. Renaming lady blue balls. Nicknaming your dudes. Dumping dudes because they're not perfect, a reflections. Thoughts on Big Love.

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Tomfoolery

5 Tricks To Remembering His Name

In Scrabble, drawing a blank is a generally a good thing, but when rocking your best game at some Hector or Melissa a blank could turn any good first impression into the worst transgression. For some goofy reason, people really like it when you remember their name… particularly when you'd like them to be screaming yours at some point. Forgetting a person's name is one of the most lethal, self-inflicted wounds in the dating game. Here's how to remember it.

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Love Buzz

I Call My Lover "Daddy"—So What?

I am well aware that this predilection elicits a giant "ewwww" from most of the sex-having population, but I have always liked a little "daddy talk" in the bedroom. No, I don't want to have sex with MY father, but using the word, loaded as it is with connotations of power and taboo, gets me unapologetically hot.

No Namin', No Cry
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No Namin', No Cry

Single women always give nicknames to their flings and crushes - the most notorious being Mr. Big. Why?

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Tomfoolery

No You're A Sweet Magoo, The Power Of Nicknames

While other people's nicknames may make you sick, it is actually making them closer. Researchers say secret language and cutesy pet names foster closeness in couples. So instead of branding that nauseatingly adorable couple sappy, try taking a lesson from those baby-talking yoyos.

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Love Buzz

Guys Hate The Nicknames Used Among Women

You ladies nickname us according to our jobs, our sexual proclivities, or some flaw in our character, as if the act of nicknaming is some preemptive, passive-aggressive revenge tactic. It should be noted that a nickname is the polar opposite of a pet name; essentially, one is accentuating the negative, the other the positive... Women objectify men when they nickname them. Nicknaming a man reduces him to a character that women use in their narratives where they are eternally victimized by dudes who fail to live up to their superficial, fantasy definition of romantic fulfillment.

Playing Games Is Good For Relationships
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Playing Games Is Good For Relationships

"Quit playing games with my heart," sang the Backstreet Boys, in 1996. They clearly hadn't been involved in any long-term relationships—playing games with your spouse may actually be a sign of a strong bond. After being together with someone for a long time you start to develop an inner world—inside jokes, funny nicknames, code words and games—these are understandings that outsiders don't share: a special, partnered intimacy. What friendly competitions do you have with your mate?

Nicknames Make Relationships Strong
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Nicknames Make Relationships Strong

A Times Magazine piece this weekend argues that teasing is a natural part of being human and, towards the end of the piece, it touches on teasing as a part of romantic relationships. Studies have found that couples who have lots of nicknames and silly phrases they use together have more fulfilling and happier unions. Partners who can poke fun at each other during a fight end up feeling closer after the conflict than couples who don't tease during arguments.

What Your Pet Names Say About You
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What Your Pet Names Say About You

What terms should a new couple use to refer to each other? Are they "boyfriend-and-girlfriend"? "Partners"? "Significant others"? Some think of their relationship as so exceptional that it demands an exceptional word. Barbara Wallraff explores what's in a name or a nickname or a pet name and what they say about the couples who throw them around.