ANSWERS: 20
  • Don't let it bother you babe.
  • It is a Southern thing. A dying Southern thing. It bothers me when I hear it to some degree, but if it is an older gentleman using the term it's not a sexual harassment issue - it is cultural. If the gentleman is young or younger than you, it is generally disrespectful.
  • It doesn't bother me at all if a man of any age refers to me by that term, however, I find it too familiar and cloying if a women uses it.
  • Yeah, I get it all the time too, and hell, I live in Virginia. I really hate it though; there is this one girls that calls me it all the time, along with "babe", and it makes me want to jump off of a cliff.
  • Doesn't bother me. They don't know my name so why not? It's better than sugar or babe, especially coming from a lady's lips.
  • I don't necessarily like it, but I don't let it bother me. I have noticed a woman calling her elderly mom 'hun'. It seemed a little strange, but if they are both comfortable with it, then what's the harm?!
  • Wow, I'm sorry that it bothers you. I'm southern and I do that. But I do it only to women who I'm more familiar with. It's honestly not a sign of disrespect. Quite the opposite. In fact, it's more of a term of endearment. Not necessarily sexual in any way, but definitely a friendly term of endearment.
  • It's definitely more of a southern thing. In VA, I get called honey and hun. No one would have ever gone there in NY!
  • It doesn't bother me at all hun;)
  • It's most certainly a southern thing. I hear it all the time....and it doesn't bother me. It's sometime I'm going to have to get used to for the rest of my life.
  • I usually never get that because I live up north. But I hate it when a waitress calls me honey and sweetie. It makes me feel like I'm 2 years old.
  • From strangers, it annoys me! From someone I know, I don't even think about it, that is fine.
  • I think it's a little belittling. I know it is not meant to be but it still feels that way. same as when people refer to a male as "chief" or "sport".
  • Unless the person is much older than I am, I feel it is condescending.
  • Yes it bothers me because it's like they're patting me on the top of my head like they would a little kid. I definitely don't like it!! Don't know if it's a southern thing or not, but I'm in California and get it here too.
  • I live way down south, and it's absolutely normal. I don't think anything of it, whether I get it from a waitress, a cashier, or one of my close friends. I generally won't say it to someone older than me though, because I'd be afraid they would take it in a disrespectful way, but HONEST, there is no disrespect intended!!! It's much more warm than saying "ma'am" or "sir", and really just a way of mixing respect with an I like you.
  • i've lived south, east and north, it's definitely a southern thing... hun ;) lol
  • It is VERY southern, and is meant as a warm greeting. I call people darlin', sweetheart, hon, and asshole. It's way warmer than that! HAHAHAHHAHHA!
  • Oh g-d!!! That drives me absolutely insane!!! I just wanna turn around and smack em!!! They have no idea who I am and all I hear is yo little mama...or hey sweetie...or when they try to prive a point they put the sweet heart or honey in the end. I don't know about it being southern but ay!! It drives me nuts!!
  • I know someone from California and has a different term of endearment for me everyday. Drives me crazy..sunshine, honey, babe, sweetheart etc

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