I have seen several threads on various web sites discussing people’s feelings about being called ‘Sweetie’, ‘Hun’ etc. in shops, restaurants and other public places.
In general it seems that the habit varies by location and these, for example, would be commonly-used terms in the South in the US. So, a few people said that they felt patronized but most thought it was fine if it was just a common form of speech.
I am curious, though, if those of us who identify as *B would feel differently? In the UK people often use the word ‘Love’. It’s OK but I get it all the time so I almost don’t notice but I would love to be called ‘Sweetie’.
I also noticed the other day how patronizing my dentist was. First the hygienist with ‘you’re doing very well’ and then the dental assistant with ‘we’ll just pop that on you’ as she put the bib on. I’m sure some people would hate it but I was lapping it up. Almost looking forward to my next trip to the dentist now.
Just wondering how others feel?