My little nest of vipers

..."that golfing puff adder", ... "my little piranha fish" are all "faux-romantic" (wikipedia) terms of endearment that Basil Fawlty uses towards Sybil.

Here are some translations of international ones:

terms of endearment

I particularly like the reference to the gazelle's eyes.

It's time to own up and blush - what does the love of your life call you, and vice versa? Any crushingly embarrassing ones that have slipped out and been overheard by a) your children b) your parents c) total strangers?

Do you know of any others from other languages, or between couples you know? Anybody heard any Fawlty-style veiled insults?

Didn’t Philip use the term “cabbage” in the movie The Queen... “Come on cabbage, what’s really bothering you” or something like that.

Ha! I think you may be right there Keith!

Yo prefiero gordita. That is an endearment of enormous quality. For all of my years working in Peru, I never quite got the hang of it though.

We don't really have any special names for each other. Though my husband (of 40 years) will fall back on the old - she who must be obeyed - when he's feeling brave or in company!! Ha! Ha!

Just to annoy my younger daughter, I once called her Muriel. About eight years on I still do it...

That's interesting Keith. I thought I was the last remaining anonymous male on the planet.

Cant say we have a name for each other, other than ratbag for me when she is being funny as in ha ha funny, my daughter called herself BAB short for baby when very young she couldnt say her name which was Jacqueline, if we were going out she always said and Bab come to

My oldest was bean and the youngest dog brush! work that out if you can!

We're quite boring, both just calling eacy other "my lady"... seemed ok till my mother came to visit, and pointed out that when we look for each other in the house, or garden, we peer around corners, and say "miladyyy?"

Now when my mother (mommy) is being smart with me, she will throw in a lady, for cringe factor. "no more wine for you, lady, you want to be fresh for the morning".

We had affectionate terms for most of our children, notably 'Short Pork' for the middle son, and he occasionally still gets called this by his Dad at the age of 33.

Daughter was always known affectionally as 'The Horned One', being her Dad's way of calling her a 'Little Cow', although now she is older (30) we daren't use it but if she starts to argue we still go 'Moooo', and she soon shuts up.

Our youngest son, now 27, is known as 'Smalls' and answers to this name all the time, even using it in his salutations! This is an abbreviation of 'Small Horse'. When he was little all he ever wanted to do was to ride a horse, but being townies this was not really possible so he would trot along everywhere pretending to be one!

Eldest son (36) for some reason never had a nickname, although as he was going through his teens there were a few choice names used!!!

As for me and OH, on Birthday/Valentine's cards, Snuggles & Woolly - not going into the explanation for these, but on a daily basis, even when out, we call each other 'Sweets' and never been sure why, ha ha.

A couple of grandchildren's nicknames (it's alright, won't go into all 9)! are Norah (because she's always gnawing her fingers), and Puds, or Pudding, so named because when she was born her little head looked just like a round pudding on top of her shoulders! Now aged 4, if she's being shouted with either of these names, she'll come running, but use her real name of Ella-May, she goes and hides, because she knows she's in trouble!!

I have an ex who used to call me "cow pat" .........if you say it carefully it is almost cute, but maybe that is why he is an ex???????

My wife calls her twin sister 'chouchou' as a matter or course, and the reverse is also true. However she has great problems in how she refers to me. In public it is 'Norm', and in private.......? She doesn't like being called 'darling' in public or private, so we have no 'affectionate' names for each other. Is that strange after almost 40 years of marriage? I sometimes think so.

My father called my mum "Duchess," as a form of endearment. On one occasion whilst travelling on a plane the stewardess asked if they wanted a drink. Dad told her that the duchess would like a G & T and he had a beer. Can you imagine their surprise on landing that the same stewardess escorted them to the head of the departure queue, and straight through until they arrived at Customs. The stewardess then curtsied to my mother and said what an honour it had been having her aboard !

I call my partner "Poopsie" after watching the movie Victor Victoria. He calls me Little Woofie. Why? After 20 years together, I don't really remember.

I reckon if I tried the "Little Elephant" one on my Mrs, I'd be posting for the foreseeable future with a high pitched voice.

My father used to refer to my mother as "the war office".