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I want to know the difference between honey, darling, dear, sweetheart...
I want to know if all of them use for same sexes too, for example can I as a girl say honey or sweetheart to my girlfriend? or I should use them for different sex?
which one is more popular to say my close friend?
I think "Yes, dear" has become associated with some rather "un-loving" thoughts.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
NOT A TEACHER
(1) I think that you should be very careful before you use any of these words with
either males or females.
(2) You say that you are a female. Therefore, it would be a very unwise step to address
men with these words. You should use those words only with your husband (or the
man you plan to marry). If you use those words with other men, those men might
think bad things about you.
(3) Here in the United States, it is OK for women to use affectionate terms when
speaking with other women, so I think that it's OK to refer to your girlfriends as "honey," "darling." or "dear." But I think that you should not use "sweetheart."
You should use that word only with your husband (or husband-to-be).
P.S. Here in the United States, women may call their female friends "girlfriends."
But men may NOT refer to their male friends as "boyfriends." Only gay men may
use this word.
thanks for your full explanation