In recent years, I realise that I’ve taken to calling most of my girlfriends or any of my more than Hi-Bye female friends “Babes”.
I like to start off texts with “hey babes, lunch later?” or “hey babes, I’m here di. Where you?”
Babes is just so easy on the tongue. It makes the female on the other end feel closer to you and favours can be done easily as well – hehe.
A few years back, I would’ve cringed at how pretentious all these name calling are. It’s not like I just got back from overseas and taken on their terms of endearment, like how some of my besties have come home with whole new accents. (nudge, nudge, Chien and She Dee). Not to say that they are pretentious, but they caught on! I’m notÂ the one who went overseas and got exposed!
In highschool, we were all very Malaysian and stuff, calling each other with self given nicknames like Melmel or estee… Mine was Joey for the longest time. My Left Boob moniker was quite popular too but that’s material for another entry, another day.
Moving on to college, one of us started calling each other, “hey girl!” and it caught on like wild fire. To the point that one of us said something like, “eeyer, I call girl she also call girl”. “Girl” was still mildly malaysian, not so much laced with Westernish pretense.
As the years passed and my girls moved to places like Hawaii, Warwick, Brisbane, Melbourne etc etc.. suddenly I was “honey” or “hun”. Then the latest must’ve been “luv”. Takes some getting used to, but it’s nice to know that I’m loved. :p
What I don’t get is the “dear” that online sellers and buyers like brandishing about.
But if you see closely, you can tell which are the ones who can’t quite get the hang of it. Now THAT is pretentious.
I don’t like dearing with people whom I’ve never seen in my life and also calling them by names if they are your customer is a form of respect and shows that you have a sense of professionalism.
I was cracking my head, trying to recall what guys call each other. The only word that came to me was “Oi lanciao” or “Oi fucker”. Must be best friends.
I guess inserting the “oi” means you’re friends with him and substituting the “oi” with a “that” means you wanna whack the shit out of him!
Guys are very complicated.
“Hey Dude” and “Hey man” sounds lame. I’m running through my mental database, and I don’t recall any of my guyfriends calling each other that.
Just a thought running through my head while folding the laundry at 2am.