Romantic pet names vary across the globe. Russians might call a loved one "Vishenka" (cherry), while the Dutch compare their girlfriends to candy or licorice—"Dropje." A 1993 paper called "'Sweet Pea and 'Pussy Cat': An Examination of Idiom Use and Marital Satisfaction Over the Life Cycle" suggested that these cutesy terms could be good for your relationship, illustrating a connection between marital happiness and nickname usage.
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English speakers have been using "baby" as a term of endearment since 1694. 02:19
One theory states that babies evolved to be cute as a way to keep their fathers invested in their care. 03:10
One 1993 study found a correlation between the use of pet names and happiness in a relationship. 04:25