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16 Strange Terms of Endearment Used Around the World

 "Honey, where are the keys?" "They're on the table, sweetheart." From our significant others and children to friends and other close relations, we rely on terms of endearment a lot. Probably a lot more than we even realize! Most terms of endearment we use are related to sweet treats like cupcake, pumpkin, and honey. But as you travel around the world, these tidbits of love can get pretty wild and wacky. 

If you happen to be in France (and know the language), you may get a jolt of surprise when you hear a girl call her partner “mon chou” (meaning “my cabbage"). In some countries, even the names of bodily functions are used as ways to describe love and affection for someone. That's some truly odd stuff! So let's take a spin around the globe and see what strange and sweet foreign pet names we can use on our beloved partners and pals. 

1. Italian: 

Fragolina - Little Strawberry 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Italian, Fragolina - Little Strawberry

2. Hungarian: 

Bogárkám - My Little Insect 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Hungarian, Bogárkám - My Little Insect

3. Polish: 

Kruzynko - Breadcrumb

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Polish, Kruzynko - Breadcrumb

4. French: 

Ma puce - My Flea 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, French, Ma puce - My Flea

5. Japanese: 

Tamago gata no kao - An egg with eyes

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Japanese, Tamago gata no kao - An egg with eyes

6. Thai: 

Chang Noi - Little Elephant

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Thai, Chang Noi - Little Elephant

7. Russian: 

Golubchik (masc) / golubushka (fem) - Little Dove 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Russian, Golubchik (masc) / golubushka (fem) - Little Dove

8. German: 

Zaubermaus - Magic Mouse 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, German, Zaubermaus - Magic Mouse

9. Italian: 

Microbino Mio - My Little Microbe 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Italian, Microbino Mio - My Little Microbe

10. Spanish: 

Gordo (masc) / Gorda (fem) - Fatso 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Spanish, Gordo (masc) / Gorda (fem) - Fatso

11. Cantonese: 

So Zyu / Sha Zhu - Silly Pig

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Cantonese, So Zyu / Sha Zhu - Silly Pig

12. Danish: 

Puttegøj / puttemus - Cuddlebug

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Danish, Puttegøj / puttemus - Cuddlebug

13. Mandarin: 

Shǎguā - Silly Melon 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Mandarin, Shǎguā - Silly Melon

14. Russian:

котёнок (kotyonok) - Kitten 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Russian, котёнок (kotyonok) - Kitten

15. Turkish: 

Nefesim - My Breath 

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, Turkish, Nefesim - My Breath

16. German: 

Honigkuchenpferd – Honey-cake horse

Weird yet cute terms of endearment and pet names for loved ones in different foreign languages, German, Honigkuchenpferd – Honey-cake horse

Share these words of love with loved ones! 

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