I was at the passport office the other day with my daughter waiting in line without much to do (the 5-year-old had pulled ranks on me and highjacked the Iphone) and I started thinking about the affectionate names the French had for kids. The lady behind the counter had just addressed little Coco as la puce literally translated as ‘the flea’. A while later I overheard a mom talking to her daughter and calling her mon choux: ‘my cabbage’.
True, said in French puce and choux sound cute, translated into English — not so cute. I had to laugh because I have been using these terms all this time and never thought about what they really meant! Do you have similar affectionate names in your language?