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    #1

    sweetheart

    Dear teachers.
    Coud somebody tell me the difference between boyfriend/girlfriend and sweetheart?
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: sweetheart

    Sweetheart is what lovers call each other in moments of intimacy and tenderness.

    'She's my girlfriend' is how you would introduce her to a friend.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: sweetheart

    A boyfriend or girlfriend can be a sweetheart, but a sweetheart can't be just a "friend." "Sweetheart" indicates a romantic relationship. Sometimes boyfriend or girlfriend also indicates a romantic relationship, but not necessarily always. (If you think it's confusing in terms of language, it's 100% more confusing being in a situation where you're a girl/boy friend and not sure whether you're also a sweetheart.... )

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    #4

    Re: sweetheart

    Parents can also call their children (usually the little girls) 'sweetheart'. Even matronly women can call other little girls "sweetheart" on occasion.
    I know someone who often refers to his cat as 'sweetheart' or 'sweetie'.

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    #5

    Re: sweetheart

    And you can still be a sweetheart when married.

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    #6

    Re: sweetheart

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    And you can still be a sweetheart when married.
    This is very true. Quick anecdote: Mr. Ouisch and I have always addressed one another as "Sweetheart" or "Sweetie", but I'd *thought* that we only did that in private. Apparently it became more habitual than I'd realized. During a visit with Mr. Ouisch's father a few years ago, he presented us with a gift. My father-in-law has been collecting bottles of all types for decades and has an extensive and valuable collection. During one of his scavenging trips he found two empty bottles of a long-discontinued, local soda pop brand called "Sweetie." He handed the bottles to me and grunted gruffly (in his very Southern accent) "I thought of y'all when I saw these, seeing as you don't seem to have names anymore other than 'Sweetie'...."

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    #7

    Re: sweetheart

    Very sweet

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