My boyfriend is calling other girls ‘love’ or ‘darling,’ is this okay?

I’m not sure if this should bother me but my boyfriend calls a lot of girls ‘love’ or ‘darling’ whether it’s female friends or randoms. We aren’t from England where I know it’s very common so I’m just wondering if it’s okay. It does bother me a bit and I’ve asked him to stop and he keeps doing it - I don’t think intentionally.

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  • Maybe it's something he does?, I forgot where I went to, but I was at this state working and the men out there ( the ones I had to talk to, for business or just shopping ) will say " sweetie, honey, darling, or love".
    So if your boyfriend does it a lot, he probably can't help it. The manager I had to she called me honey and her husband will say darling to me.

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  • Sounds like he can't remember people's name, and who doesn't like a friendly flirty guy, that makes you feel special. Especially if he does it properly. I wouldn't let it bother you until he stops taking an interest in you, you know the signs he's met someone else.

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  • It sounds like a habit rather than intentional flirting. I don't see anything sinister in it. Perhaps, as another user has suggested, if you start calling other guys babe then maybe he'll get the hint.

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    • Yeah I’m sure it’s not flirting, he’s definitely not like that - I’ve tried explaining to him that he wouldn’t like it but he claims he wouldn’t care

    • You might just learn to live with it. I mean, the main concern is that he is faithful. If he is then there's not much else to worry about. Perhaps if you suggested that calling everyone babe or darling is a little camp it might change his attitude, lol.

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  • They are simple words with no meaning my friend was dealing with this the other day and the boys where laughing about it as he calls all women darling just like most use boss for a shop vendor it's nothing to be upset about

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  • In the uk there are lots of men that talk like that. I get called love or darling by men and it’s not intended as anything more. It’s like when people call each other Mate.

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  • "Love" is a British thing, as far as I'm concerned.
    "Good day, love." Etc.
    Either way, I think it's just for the sake of courtesy.

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  • Your boyfriend sounds like an asshole, you should start calling other guy babe and darling too, so your boyfriend will realize what its feels like

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  • Just ask him to choose one either you or those girls

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  • I call every girl "love". It's normal. Shouldn't worry.

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  • He is trying to be charming, girls like guys like that and fall for them quick

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  • If he isn't doing it intentionally then you're okay. I call girls girly and cutie all the time and I don't mean anything by it.

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  • It sounds like it’s just a habit for him he needs to break and nothing intentional

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  • You should leave him

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    • I know he’s not doing it in a flirting way though that’s the hard thing. He’s just useless at remembering things.

  • Ooh I would not be okay with that at all

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  • Both love and darling

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  • It's just his way and means nothing

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  • He usually say?

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  • Call me

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  • I want you

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  • Just ignore

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  • if he from England or British?

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    • No Australian

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    • Yeah I haven’t really noticed if other Aussies do this - only old people

    • other than the 2 i mentioned-i have no idea what other cultures you those terms like that

  • Embrace it

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  • A guy who I was exclusive with for 3 or 4mths a few years ago always commented to certain female friends on his facebook with Thanks Babe, Thanks Beautiful or Thanks Gorgeous.

    I hated it because it didn't feel special for me as his woman, he was saying it to lots of attractive females. I brought it up one day and he got extremely defensive about it and told me I was now making him feel uncomfortable. Pretty much he wasn't stopping.

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