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Response to misanthrope (Reply #4)

Sun May 13, 2018, 02:57 PM

6. It was not uncommon, when I was very young, for elderly men to call

small boys "honey." My grandfather never did, but he was rather stern. A good many of his contemporaries did, though. This was in the southern Appalachians in the late 1940's - early 1950's.

And I actually find it endearing for waitresses, grocery check-out ladies, etc., to say "honey," "sugar," or "darlin'" They mean well, and it makes me feel good, so where's the harm?

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