Elysha rarely calls me by name. Like most couples, we have developed a series of pet names and nicknames for one another. Skookum, a word that means the best (and ironically also means monster) is our most commonly-used moniker but honey, sweetie, and the like make their way into the lexicon as well.

This left me wondering:

Do couples fall into these patterns early on in their relationships in order to avoid accidentally referring to their current lover by the name of a previous beau or gal?

I thought I had stumbled upon a brilliant revelation here, until Elysha informed me that a song has already been written on the subject.