Dating last nickname
These names stuck around for months, even years – to the point where hearing “Elizabeth” or “Liz” in certain contexts would suggest a truly serious situation, or that I was in trouble.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I got to thinking about terms of endearment and about the world of interpersonal language that romantic partners develop just for themselves.
I began to wonder: Is there any science behind using pet names?
Is it a mark of a healthy relationship, or unhealthy?
Are couples who give each other names, ranging from the generic “Honey” and “Sweetie” to the creative “Loopy Lop,” more likely to stay together?
And in our digital age, are these nicknames any more important?
Bruess and Pearson found that idiosyncratic communication is associated with marital satisfaction and couples in their first five years of marriage without children reported using the most idioms.
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Still, Bruess believes the main finding–that idiosyncratic communication, including cute nicknames, relates to marital satisfaction–is absolutely true today. respondents said they used pet names in their relationships, and that among people who said they were in “very happy” relationships, 76 percent reported using pet names.
“If we can’t laugh at ourselves and with each other in the relationship, we’re less likely to sustain that relationship in a positive way over time,” she says. That sounds like a high correlation, too, but gives me pause as a science writer because the survey did not use randomized sampling to find participants.
There seem to be a variety of languages with pet names, too.
According to the website of the popular language-learning software Rosetta Stone, the French say “Mon Petit Chou” (my little cabbage or cream puff), the Russians say “Vishenka” (cherry), the Dutch call girlfriends “Dropje” (candy) and in Brazil you can say “Meu Chuchu,” where “chuchu” is a vegetable.
I have been called a little owl, a swan and even a “panda-fish.” No, I’m not a supernatural, shape-shifting creature or a character in a children’s storybook.