Rules for a Southern Nickname Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 1 Comment
We’ve come across a really great site called Stuff Southern People Like.
And it nails it on the head, y’all. It’s got articles about funeral food, pecan pie, caramel cake and un-happy camping, but our favorite article would have to be this one on Southern Nicknames. And most especially this section on the rules for using pet names like “honey,” “dear,” “love,” and “sweetheart” — conveniently acronym-ed HDLS.
1. Never call anyone who’s clearly your elder “HDLS.”
2. Never call the person who’s serving you (waitress, hair dresser, etc) “HDLS.”
3. Men under 60: Never call anyone you aren’t romantically involved with and/or related to “HLDS.”
4. Do not get uppity when an elderly person calls you “HDLS.”
Which brings us to my biggest nickname pet peeve: “Mama” and “Daddy.”
I have no problem with children using these names however they see fit. Also, I think it’s perfectly acceptable when talking to one’s children to refer to one’s spouse as “Mama” or “Daddy.” Example: “Go ask Daddy to wash the dog; she’s been rolling in dead stuff again.” But for the love of all that is holy, please DO NOT call your spouse or anyone you’re romantically linked to “Mama” or “Daddy.” It’s just plain creepy.
Yes, yes and yes. We agree. All of it. And what’s the funniest southern-style nickname you’ve ever heard bestowed on a family member?
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