art of the fun of starting a relationship is the shared discovery of the things that make you tick as a unit.
Establishing a Sunday routine, dedicating a night to each other to stay in and watch shitty movies on Netflix — this is what keeps the engine of your coupledom running smoothly.
A literary fellow I know introduced his new girlfriend to me as his "inamorata," and I had to stop my lip from assuming a snide curl.
Some think of their relationship as so exceptional that it demands an exceptional word.
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Thus we are able to communicate with each other more subtly, with more nuance, than we can with anyone else.
Sometimes these names slip out in the presence of others, in times of stress, exhilaration, or PR spin, or after everybody's had a few drinks. A dog-loving couple who will be nameless here because I need to remain on speaking terms with them call each other Wooda (that's a phonetic rendering) and Wooba, short for "Wonder Dog" and "Wonder Bitch." My friend Robin calls her husband, whose name is Richard, Lord Voldemort, a.k.a.
And I would be upholding the honorable tradition of the Samoan teenagers who lied shamelessly to Margaret Mead, probably because they found it shameless of her to be asking about intimate things they did when no one else was around.
Julian and I, I'll admit, have not resolved every difficulty that has arisen in our life as a couple, but I do think that by now we've got the basic language problems aced.
As far as I can tell, people don't wake up one morning, realize they need a pet name for their inamorata(o), and set about choosing one, as if they had a baby to name.
And while insight into matters of the heart can often be found in literature, surprisingly few great lovers in great novels have private names for each other. She calls Alexei Vronsky, the man for whom she gave up everything, simply, Alexei. If she called him "Georgy-porgy," or whatever one evening, I wouldn't respect her in the morning.
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