New column: “You don’t have to call me ‘darlin,’ darlin”

honey_picture_167062Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about Southern terms of endearment.

Enjoy, sugar. Honey. Darlin’. Dear.

To read, click here.

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4 Responses to New column: “You don’t have to call me ‘darlin,’ darlin”

  1. Linda Law says:

    Katherine, I usually enjoy your columns in the Greenville News. Two thoughts this morning:

    1. I’m about to turn 70, but even as a young woman I never minded being called darlin’ or sugar or sweetie or any of those expressions of tenderness from perfect strangers. Now that I’m in the cohort that occasionally uses such expressions (well, “honey” is the one I’m most inclined to say to someone who has been really helpful), I hope I’m not offending or patronizing the recipient of my verbal appreciation. I don’t “honey” anyone of the male persuasion; that would just be creepy.

    2. Please tell me that a negligent copy editor changed the word that should have been ‘faze’ to ‘phase’ in the sentence, “Didn’t phase her one bit.” Please, please, please tell me that’s what happened.

    Enough scolding. English is a dynamic and mystifying language. I never tire of exploring its peculiarities. I am reading a wonderful new book called Between You & Me — Confessions of a Comma Queen, by a former editor for The New Yorker, Mary Norris. It’s hilarious and instructive.

    Thanks for your column, Katherine.

    Linda Law

    • scout2011 says:


      Thanks for writing, and I’m glad you usually enjoy the column!

      1. I think when someone reaches the wonderful 70s, she can say close to whatever she wants as long as it’s well-intended. I certainly plan to when I get there.

      2. Nope. That mistake was all me–the copy editors just didn’t catch it. I’m human!

      I’ll add the Norris book to my shelf.

      All the best,


  2. Rebekah Pearson says:

    I tried to share this on my Facebook page, but it won’t let me! I read it in the State today and I loved it. but it’s not in the online version. :-(