Women Hate It When You Call Them Things Like “Darling” And “Babe” Around The Office

If you’ve got a female co-worker and you call her “babe” or “honey” or “cutie” . . . apparently, SHE doesn’t think it’s as kind and endearing as you do.

-According to a new survey of 3,000 female office workers in England, almost THREE out of FOUR think that pet names in the office are, quote, “unacceptable.”

-One out of four say that pet names make them ANGRY, and another one out of four say pet names are UNPROFESSIONAL.

-The survey was conducted by a market research site called OnePoll.  They say, quote, “Guys may think they are being affectionate by calling someone ‘babe’ or ‘love’, but it seems women simply find them patronizing and demeaning.”

-The survey also found the top 10 nicknames women hate around the office, although some of
these are VERY British and don’t really apply over here.
-The top 10, in order, are:  Love, darling, babe, mate, hun, kiddo, chick, dear, poppet and pet.

(–To Americanize that list, just replace mate with “sweets” and poppet with “jiggles” and I think we’d be set.)


  1. 1.    Love
  2. 2.    Darlin’
  3. 3.    Babe
  4. 4.    Mate
  5. 5.    Hun
  6. 6.    Kiddo
  7. 7.    Chick/Chicken
  8. 8.    Dear
  9. 9.    Poppet
  10. 10.  Pet