I don't mean to confuse

@p1kef1sh (45647)
January 15, 2009 4:01am CST
I refer to my wife as "The Boss" and make an assumption that most people will realise that's who I mean. I don't have an employer so there is no other formal "Boss" in my life. I apologise to anyone that I confuse by using such shorthand. Do you sometimes use pet names for people and then realise that you've caused confusion?
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@mands61123 (2099)
15 Jan 09
yes but i generally confuse people anyways lol i call my boyfriend my boo i rarely use his name and i'm so used to it being that way that when we're out in public i still say/shout boo. Some people find it very strange but we are both used to it and barely notice if i don't cally him boo i call him baby which i also use in public. I've never been one for pet names and usually find them a bit mushy but it's just something that started (god knows how) and stuck. I also call my pets various cute names but they don't get confused they just answer to anything now so thats ok. We call jecs son bubba his real name is lewis sometimes that confuses people as they either think she has an additional son or that shes really called him bubba lol
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Jan 09
My chocolate girl! XXXX Wasn't it Marilyn Monroe who sang "Boo boo py boo"
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15 Jan 09
ha ha i seriously can't remember where it came from but i know i used to swap the words to baby face and say baby boo
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• United States
15 Jan 09
Betty Boop
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• India
16 Jan 09
More than confusing sometimes it becomes embarrsing I would say.. An eg. I cal my husband "Pappu". Which means kid in Tamil and it is a common word. So when your family members or friends address their kids as Pappu and thn they turn to u to look at your expression it embarassing.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
LOL. Very sweet though. Welcome to myLot.
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• Canada
16 Jan 09
I'm confused as to HOW people could have been confused! No confusion here... I always knew you meant my wife! No apology or explanation necessary for Heavens tonight my dear friend! I do sometimes use pet names or short forms for people but I don't think they confuse anyone...at least I hope not! ~Heavens~
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
Most folk aren't confused Heavens. But there are one or two that perhaps come from a culture where it's not so popular to have nicknames. Is Mom OK? Haven't seen her for a day or two.
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• Canada
16 Jan 09
Mom's having a hard time p1ke with a lot of things right now... I'll let her know you are concerned! It's been especially for her since she came home to her very sick cat and all that entailed and since then, other things have occurred...It's not a very good start to her year for sure! I must say thank you for being such a wonderful friend!! We both really appreciate it! ~Heavens~
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• Canada
17 Jan 09
Thanks so much heavens, for delivering p1ke's message here, to me. I really appreciate it.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
16 Jan 09
I have a confusing situation right here. My husband is known by two different names. His actual first name is James and in most of life he goes by the shortened name Jim. But in his family they have always called him by his middle name. It's even more confusing than that. The reason they started calling him by his middle name is because one of his aunts would call his father James and so when MY James came along, they started calling him by his middle name. Sounds simple right? Actually James is NOT his father's name either or his middle name for that matter. And only ONE aunt refers to him as James. Everyone else uses his REAL name which is completely different. So basically my husband was called by his middle name simply so ONE AUNT wouldn't confuse two people who actually don't share a name!!! HUH?!!! Anyway, my extended family were very confused at the wedding when my husband's family used his middle name. "Who did she marry, anyway?!" When our son was born, we gave him the same middle name as my husband. My father in law wanted to know if we were going to call him by his middle name. Maybe "Little________". NOOOOOOOOOO! The madness had to end somewhere!
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
16 Jan 09
Oh, and I almost forgot one more crazy thing about his family........When you get in trouble, do you know how your mother would call you by you entire name (first and middle)? Well, his mother did that too, except that she would say it backwards "__________ James!!!" That is NOT his name! AAArrrrrrgggghhhh!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
That's not at all confusing because exactly the same thing happens in our family too. My FIL was Leo John, his eldest son is John Leo, his eldest son is Leo. To make things easy, that are/were all called Leo. Made for some interesting family gatherings! LOL.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
16 Jan 09
Oh, but my FIL is NOT James at all. Neither his first name OR his middle! I think they are all just nuts! But I love em all!
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
17 Jan 09
I call my fiance my husband and he calls me his wife. We've been together since June 2005 and have 2 kids together, so people assume we are married. We also refer to me as his son's stepmom, but technically, I'm not his parent in any way, shape or form.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jan 09
Does that mean that one day he really will be your husband? Or are you happy with things as they are? I think that it is easier to keep things simple with children. It only gets way too confusing otherwise.
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
17 Jan 09
We are happy now but things will be easier when we get married as far as having certain rights. We want to get married in June
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jan 09
I hope that you manage your wedding. I would never dream of judging, but personally, I like a wedding! LOL. I know I'm an old dinosaur!
• United States
16 Jan 09
At times I have called my husband daddy, when he is not my daddy but our children s dad. I also call him dad in front of the pets. I do not think the pets as our kids but I tell the pets to come to mom or now daddy is home. It does not make sense but I do call him daddy to the pets.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
I call The Boss "Mummy" for the same reasons sometimes. I am the pet in this house so get called all sorts of things! Got to go fetch a stick now. I really don't know why they think that is a fun game for me. LOL.
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• Canada
16 Jan 09
I call my "hubby" "Dad" sometimes too and my Mom calls My Dad "Dad" and my Grandma used to call my Grandpa "Dad"...I think it runs in families! Then again I often get my husbands and sons names mixed up...but that's another discussion for another time! ~Heavens~
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• United States
18 Jan 09
When it comes to getting my son's and hubby's name mixed up is not hard for me because they are the same. heehee. They are both William but we call one Bill and one William.
@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
15 Jan 09
lol can you come give my husband lessons? he has not succumbed to his role as a man yet.. can you speed up the process? LOL.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Jan 09
No sorry. You job is to bring him to his knees so that he serves you and only you Sissy.
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@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
15 Jan 09
haha how long did that take you ?
@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Jan 09
We got marries in October. Oh, she had me begging by Christmas!
@oldboy46 (2133)
• Australia
16 Jan 09
Any wise man who is married or in a permanent relationship knows who "the boss" is and duly acknowledges it too. Well that is he should do if he wants to stay married and enjoy something other than "cold shoulder". Actually I am surprised that it does appear a number of people did not realise who yuou were talking about but maybe that is a cultural thing. The expression is fairly commonly used by Aussie males and everyone knows who they are referring to. I believe it is the same in counries like the US and UK as well. Also here in Australia, or at least amongst our friends, we all have special names for our children as well. As one friend commented recently, when they were a child they soon realised the depth of the "do do" they were in by how their parents called them. Nickname was okay and everything was sweet. If 1 of their Christian names it meant trouble was brewing. Add their other Christian names and the trouble was more than knee deep it "it" but if their full name was called out, they knew they were in it well and truly - neck level in fact. Funny how our parents can signal their displeasure with us with only a few words isn't it?
@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
My father only had to "look" and I was instantly shrink to about 5 inches high! My mother was the one that wielded the wooden spoon too. I call my daughter by a number of nicknames! I had an aunt who went through her life known by her quite masculine nickname. She hated her real name (Gertrude! I guess she had a point).
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@oldboy46 (2133)
• Australia
16 Jan 09
Well "the look" came from my mother in our home and if we had done something which she totally disapproved of, the look was severe enough to wilt a tree 1 km away, so imagine the effect it had on us at children. Even with a few years under the belt, so to speak, I can quite understand your autn preferring any name other than Gertrude. However I think that some of the names parents choose for their children today are much worse and those children I do pity.
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 09
Pet names no, but I did have a boss named Cyrus, Cy for short. I found that I couldn't say "sigh" around him when things weren't going well. He thought I was calling him.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jan 09
I had a boss once called Jonathon. He liked to be called Jorge. I think that he thought he was a viking!
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
16 Jan 09
I know men who refer to their wives as the Boss, but that doesn't happen around here unless my husband is ducking responsibility and he wants me to take the wrap. I wasn't sure the first time I came across your usage of the title but soon caught on.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
My wife is The Boss, she just lets me pretend to be in charge occasionally. LOL. We even get cards from myLotters addressed to The Boss and me of course!
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
16 Jan 09
It's clear that you are a wise husband, p1kef1sh!In my family we have pet names for practically everyone we know. It's all done in good fun though. Whenever someone who is not in our family circle becomes confused by one of these names we simply tell them that it's an inside joke.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
LOL. Wise? Obedient, submissive, subservient - all those and more. LOL. It's horrible when you are not in on the in joke isn't it.
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• United States
16 Jan 09
i have nicknames for everything so yeah i am always confusing people and dont even realize it
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
It happens. Such is life or something.
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@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Jan 09
hello there...pet names? nope i don't use that to my love ones but yes to other people..maybe friends or just neighbors..we do have some names for them (just for fun i guess..and of course they don't know about it)which i don't think i have to put into words here..
@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
Not everyone has the Vanities. It's a little cute when they do though.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
16 Jan 09
I call my husband by a pet name, which he has threatened bodily harm if I tell it, so I will not, at least on here.. I read one of your posts in which you referred to the Boss, I knew instantly who you were talking about.. It was obvious.. I can bet that she is the boss..
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
16 Jan 09
Go on Donna. He'll not know and we won't tell! LOL.
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@bunnybon7 (33940)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Jan 09
yes. i call my daughter my heart and then have to explain.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Jan 09
Even I understand that one. That's very sweet.
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@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jan 09
Hi P1kef1sh, If I didn't know you and how you refer to your wife I guess I would have thought you meant the Boss, Bruce Springstein, so I guess out of the thousands that don't on here some confusion could have been caused. LOL. I am pleased that she enjoyed her scrummy meal. Huggles. Ellie :D
@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Jan 09
I was born to run Ellie. The Boss had a hungry heart and chased me down to the river. I was dancing in the dark then. She decided that I needed the human touch and was working on a dream! We had a lovely meal and she's sitting in the lounge now all showered and in her new pink jammies. XXX
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
15 Jan 09
I assumed you ment your wife so i never asked. On occasion I've used the same pet name for my sisters and confused them but other than family...i tend not to use pet names.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Jan 09
I have always used pet names. Sometimes they can sound very silly. LOL.
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• United States
15 Jan 09
Evidently I cause confusion whether I use pet names or not!*LOL* Just my words wrapping around my tongue causes a great deal of confusion.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Jan 09
Awww. Never mind Bo. It happens to us all from time to time. My Grandmother in Law called me "Sid", which as you know is not my real name. She never did call me by my proper name. LOL.
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• United States
15 Jan 09
*LOL* My grand dad used to call me Gertrude.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Jan 09
My aunt was called Gertrude. Gertrude Ada. Well, she was born in 1908.
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
31 Jan 09
Occasionally I refer to her as "the warden" but as the wardens do have a negative connotation in my island I received a heavy fine by her. I immediately knew that you were referring to your wife. I wonder what our wives refer to us....if they have a pet name or whatever for us.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
31 Jan 09
I think that my pet name is "I told you" except that I never remember that she did!
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
31 Jan 09
LOL mine would be "Fine...do it your way than!" Although we always end up doing it her own way
@littleowl (7157)
18 Jan 09
No I don't really p1ke, my sister does but I guess I am just too formal for that..it would be nice to call someone a pet name that is close to you, but that fails me...hugs littleowl
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jan 09
I call you LoLo now!
@littleowl (7157)
18 Jan 09
Ooops...I stand corrected YES you do my special friend! hugs LoLo x