DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: My husband and I have always had nicknames for each other, going back to when we were first dating. They’re something we usually only use when it’s just the two of us.
My older sister has been seeing a guy, who she seems serious about. I have no issues with him, except that he introduced my sister to the world of public nickname using. They never call each other by their real names, but instead use what I consider way too personal nicknames all the time. You could choke on the cutesy factor.
I’m really glad my sister has found a nice man, but I also really don’t want to have to listen to them using their nicknames constantly. Is this worth a mention to my sister, or should I just suck it up and ignore it? --- HATE THE CUTESY FACTOR
DEAR HATE THE CUTESY FACTOR: If it seems like it’s just you who’s suffering from cutesy overload, it might be best to keep it to yourself.
If, however, you’ve noticed others reacting to the practice as unfavorably as you do, it could possibly save your sister and her boyfriend some embarrassment down the road to hear about the problem from someone she loves and hopefully trusts is acting in her best interest. I’d approach the subject with just your sister, privately and gently. The lovebirds may be oblivious of how much their use of nicknames is annoying those around them.