What's in a name? Canada’s favourite terms of endearment
Every culture has their favourite terms of endearment and, as it turns out, Canada is no exception. In fact, our latest survey has uncovered the top pet names in the country.
Be my Baby: Canada's favourite terms of endearment
When you're in a relationship, how do you refer to your partner? If you're Canadian, chances are the answer is Babe – our new study of 400 Canadians aged 18-55 revealed that Babe (or Baby) is the nation's favourite term of endearment.
That said, if the apple of your eye is female, then she might prefer to be called Sweetheart: the survey revealed that this is the favourite pet name of Canadian women, closely followed by Babe, then Honey. Beautiful and Love round out the women's top five.
Men's top five cute nicknames are quite similar: they voted Honey as their top term of endearment, followed by Handsome, Babe, Sweetheart, and, lastly, Sexy.
Step back, Snookums: Canada’s most hated nicknames
However, not all nicknames are created equal, and the survey also discovered that there are certain terms of endearment that Canadians believe must never, ever be uttered (at least not if you want to stay on your partner's good side!).
For women, the most hated nickname of all is Pookie, followed by Snookums, Bunny, Pumpkin, and Sexy. The list for men is again very similar, with one notable exception: as we've seen, men actually like being called Sexy. For men, the pet name that makes them cringe hardest is Snookums, followed by Pookie, Stud, Bunny, and Pumpkin.
Overall, Canadians despise Snookums the most – but it is a close run thing. In fact, Snookums beat Pookie to the 'most hated nickname' crown by just a single vote.