When my granddaughter Sophie was 6 years old, she asked me one day: “Mémé, is Karen your husband or your wife?” She had been present at our marriage ceremony in 2008 when she was 4, and was now trying to sort out what this all means! I know she is not the only person in the world who has ever asked a question like this, and the question still persists!
So to celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, I am planning a post focusing on the various terms of endearment that we use, and what they mean to us. You can be part of this by completing the survey below! This is not a scientific survey – it is intended to share a bit of the vast range of experience in our very diverse communities! So share your experience, and any reflections about our language! And please feel free to pass this survey along to any of your friends … we welcome anyone’s ideas!