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No. 143: French Terms of Endearment

This one goes out to mon chéri, mon cœur, mon trognon.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Superman.

What’s your favorite term of endearment?


mon amour: my love, mon ange: my angel, mon bébé: my baby

ma belle my beautiful

ma biche: my doe, fawn, ma bichette: my little doe, mon bijou: my jewel

ma caille: my quail, mon canard: my duck

mon chaton; my kitten, ma chatte: my cat, mon cher / ma chère: my dear

mon chéri / ma chérie: my dearie

mon chou: my cream puff (my cabbage), mon petit cochon: my little pig

mon coco: my coco(nut) / rooster, ma cocotte: my hen

mon cœur: my heart, ma douce: my sweet / sweetie

mon doudou: blankie, soft one

mon grand / ma grande: my big guy / girl

mon lapin: my rabbit, ma loutre: my otter, mon loup: my wolf

ma mie: my dear/love (from mon amie, also the soft part of bread)

ma miel: my honey

mon mignon: my cutie, mon minet / mimi / ma minette: my pussycat

ma moitié: my half

mon nounours: my teddybear

mon petit / ma petite: my little guy / girl, ma poule: my hen

mon poulet / ma poulette: my chicken

ma poupée: my doll, mon poussin: my chick

mon précieux, ma précieuse: my precious, ma puce: my flea

mon sucre d’orge: my barley sugar / candy cane

mon trésor: my treasure, mon trognon:  my (apple) core

source: Huffington Post

source: Huffington Post

…and some equally amusing terms of endearment en anglais:

Angel, Angel Face, Boo, Baby, Baby Cakes, Babe, Bean, Bug, Bunny, Button

Chicken, Cookie Ears, Crab Cake, Cupcake, Cutie Pie, Dumpling, Darling, Goose

Hookie Poo, Honey, Honey Pie, Honey Bunny, Little Bucket

Little One, Love, Lovey, Love Bug

Mate, Muffin, Noodle, Pumpkin, Pookie, Pumpkin Pie, Peanut, Potato, Pine nut

Sassafras, Sass, Spicy Pepper, Soul Mate, Sweetheart, Sweetness

Sweet Thing, Sweet Pea

Sweetie-pie, Sweets, Sweet Cheeks, Sugar, Sugar Bug, Sugar Plum

Tootsie Pants, Toots, Widget

…and my all-time favorite: Cheese Weasel

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love ’em!
    We were obliged to write French love letters for St Valentin in class this week & I amused everyone with my letter to my little grey cabbage/cream puff – i.e. Trevor!

    February 14, 2014
  2. Chou-Chou

    February 14, 2014
  3. Reblogged this on The Cosmopolitenne and commented:
    In celebration of the worldwide day to honor Love.

    February 14, 2014
  4. Sarah Larson #

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Nancy! I have always loved “mon petit chou”. And I didn’t know about many from your list – mon canard and mon poulet are great. And I’ve always wondered – Do the French celebrate Valentine’s Day?

    February 14, 2014
  5. love the macaron pic!
    Happy Valentine’s Day
    do they celebrate in the City of Light and Love like the states?

    February 15, 2014
    • Valentine’s Day is not a commercial holiday like in the US. I saw a few French men buying flowers. It is a huge day for tourists in Paris–aiming to have the most romantic and memorable VD ever.

      February 18, 2014
  6. Barbara #

    Oh my two favorites are not yet on your list : ma puce – my little “flee” and loulou- is this short form of petit loup- small wolf ?? , but meaning darling. My dog is called loulou when meeting people on the street but my french friend uses it for her kids as well.

    February 15, 2014
  7. Clara Benioff #

    I have the cutest maman ever

    February 18, 2014
  8. My French husband calls me “ma puce” and “mon coeur” – charming!

    March 16, 2014

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