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    Stand by Me

    Ben E. King's Stand by Me is a famous song.
    I cannot quote the lyrics here due to copyright problems, but I would like to ask a question related to this song.
    The word "darling" is used in this song.
    I think this "darling" means someone of the opposite sex you love.
    A person I know insists that "darling" means "fellow" in the context of the lyrics and can be used by boys.
    I believe this person is apparently influenced by the story of the movie entitled Stand by Me.

    What do you think?

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    Re: Stand by Me

    You can certainly post portion of lyrics when the purpose is education if you properly cite the source. (You can't if you are pretending its your own writing.)

    This person would be in for a big surprise if he is male and started calling other boys "Darling" (and he was heterosexual).

    Let's say it's used for people you love. I'm sure I've called my children "Darling."
    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.

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    Re: Stand by Me

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    A person I know insists that "darling" means "fellow" in the context of the lyrics and can be used by boys.
    I believe this person is apparently influenced by the story of the movie entitled Stand by Me.
    The song was written in 1961, 25 years before it was used on the soundtrack of the film.

    In 1961, homosexuality was still illegal in the USA and the UK. Of course, the word can be used by gay people to each other but, when the song was written, it was almost certainly intended and understood as being used by a male to a female, or vice versa. 'Darling' did not mean 'fellow' in 1961 or 1986. It doesn't today.

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