It probably comes no surprise that every culture has different common nicknames for people to address the ones they love. Even in English, “sweetie pie,” “honey,” and “darling” may be a little hard to explain to those unfamiliar with the language.
But even among the differences, there are commonalities. Little animals clearly reign supreme across cultures for terms of endearment: from “my flea” in French to “gazelle” in Arabic to “little elephant” in Thai, there seems to be an overwhelming urge to compare loved ones to small beasts.
To read more, check out the BBC’s list of 10 unusual terms of endearment.