My Darling

Honey, sweetheart, babe, sugar. Yes, I’ve used them all. But calling someone darling has always been beyond me. It sounds so fake. What is it about that word that makes it sound like a pretentious affectation? Tell me, darling.

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

4 thoughts on “My Darling”

  1. When I hear the word darling, it reminds me of Hanna Barbera’s Huckleberry Hound singing “Oh my darling, Clamentine. Of course, he sang it out of tune, which made it even funnier, but what is really funny to me is that I still know the words as he sang it! I don’t ever recall having used this endearment term in the past since it seems somewhat highbrow and anachronistic.

  2. I heard these two words so many times. “My darling!” And each time it did sound different from the one before. Sometimes it was said with scold and sometimes with tenderness. But there was always a clear sign of tenderness and good humor, when a third word was added: “My darling daughter! My darling sweetheart!”

  3. Dahling! Just because I’m wearing a flowing caftan with my hair piled in an updo and my pearls clasped on tight doesn’t mean I’m fake. The cigarette in its extra long black, gold flecked holder is, however, fake. Chalk it up to idiotic, cockeyed nincompoopery. Give Auntie a kiss, sweetie.

  4. “My Darling!”. I always think of Cruella Devil saying this in a snickering mocking way. Brings back childhood memories, the anger that fictious character brought to a worry -free 9 year old me..

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