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Date Knight: What’s your favorite/worse pet name?

As the staff’s resident relationship guru—who’s carved out a space on the web with an award-winning site called Naked With Socks On—I’ve been tapped by JET’s EIC to offer up dating advice and perspective each week for our readers. Five days out of the week I’m slaving behind a desk as JET’s Managing Editor, so I look forward to exploring the sights and sounds of Chicago with my wife as part of our weekly outings. I am Anslem Samuel Rocque and this is Date Knight.


No one is ever really sure how it starts, but people in relationships tend to call their partner by a pet name. Some are standard terms of affection while others are more unique and special to the individual couple. But have you ever wondered which are the most (or least) popular pet names?

Me neither.

But a recent study conducted in the UK has revealed the Top 20 Most Hated & Most Acceptable Pet Names for Women. The results were quite interesting.

Among the “most hates” pet names was actually the term I use most for my wife: “babe,” which snagged the No. 1 spot. Some of the other names on the list were more obvious, including “sweet cheeks,” “pudding,” “pumpkin,” and the super-odd “pickle.” (Note: food-related nicknames are never advisable as a sexy option.)

On the flip side of the survey, were the “most acceptable” pet names, which I found to be pretty obvious since flattery will get you everywhere (i.e. “gorgeous,” “beautiful,” and “sexy”). However, there were a few that made me scratch my head, like “sexy legs,” which seemed to focus more on a woman’s physicality than her inner beauty, and “snowflake,” which just wouldn’t work as a term of endearment for a sister. #ImJustSaying

Click here to see which pet names made each list.

Although I may disagree with the validity of the survey’s findings—perhaps U.S. standards are different than the U.K.’s—what I did find interesting was the overall discussion it sparks. Of those polled, many revealed that there were plenty of pet names that are intimate in nature and ones couples would rather keep behind closed doors. For that reason, most of those didn’t make the list.

“Of course personal nicknames, when born out of affection, are a nice thing for partners to have between one another,” a spokesman for the survey said. “Although as we’ve seen they aren’t always names we want shared publicly. There’s a lot to be read from a name, and sometimes using too strongly clichéd or overly-soppy pet names for someone we like will just be seen as insincere.”

What’s your favorite or most hated pet name? Are you surprised or in agreeance with a majority of the names that made the survey’s list?

Share your thoughts in the comments section.