Newly-wed Megan Markle touched our hearts when she called Prince Harry “my love” at a recent gala performance.
But how much more fun would it have been if she’d used one of these quirky terms of affection from another tongue?
Here’s our top ten suggestions:
- French: ma puce meaning my flea.
- Portuguese: chuchuzinho meaning little squash (the vegetable).
- Persian: moosh bokhoradet which literally translates as may a mouse eat you!
- Polish: kruszynko meaning as soft and gentle as a breadcrumb.
- Hungarian: bogarkam meaning little insect.
- Chinese: 傻瓜 which literally translates as silly melon and means fool but in a playful way.
- Italian: polpetta which means meatball.
- Spanish: media naranja meaning half an orange or, as we say, my other half.
- German: Mausbär – mouse-bear – meaning someone who has the smallness of a mouse and the cuddliness of a bear.
- Netherlands: poepie meaning little poop and, yes, this really is a term of affection!
Did you know?
The Japanese compliment someone by calling them an egg with eyes – tamago gata no kao – meaning someone with a beautiful, oval-shaped face.
If you know any fun terms of endearment in other languages, we’d love you to share them with us!