Monique wrote from France about terms of endearment used in French, Spanish and English that use Animal names…
In French, we use many animals names as endearment words. We use:
Mon poussin (my chick)
Mon poulet (my chicken)
Ma poule/poulette (my hen/little hen – mostly for girls)
Ma cocotte (my hen – cocotte is baby talk for hen – mostly for girls)
Mon canard (my duck)
Mon lapin (my rabbit)
Mon biquet (my kid – for boys)
Ma biquette (my kid – for girls)
Ma caille (my quail)
Ma puce (my flea -yes!)
Down here in the South of France we also use "ma rate" (my rat) for girls and we say "ratou" for boys. "Ratou" is from the Occitan word "raton" meaning little rat. I doubt this expression is used all over France since the Occitan language is spoken mainly here in the south.
In Spanish there’s:
Ratoncito (little/baby mouse)
In English there’s:
Tiger (a woman’s word for a man)
Which animal names do you use in your language as terms of endearment?
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