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Victorian Slang of the Week


Baby—sweetheart, darling—1869.  I wouldn’t have thought this; “baby” to me seems more of an 1970’s thing, but it was used in direct address as early as 1869, and appears to have been used in written word quite often in the latter part of the period

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  1. Now, sweetheart and darling I’ve used in my stories as endearments, but I’d never think to use baby. My editor would question that one for sure!

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