Move over “bae”—we’ve got the absolute strangest phrases people all over the world call their loves ones.
Here’s a roundup of the 15 most hilarious phrases and pet names to use on your partner that will have them scratching their head.
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Anyone who loves carbs will be able to get on board with this Polish pet name. Bread=love.
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Ireland: My Pulse
Shortened from the phrase "pusle of my heart," this Irish phrase is both sweet and scientific.
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China: Diving Fish, Swooping Geese
It may sound nonsensical, but this saying is actually quite poetic (and just a little bit tragic). It's about a woman so beautiful that the fish forgot how to swim and sunk to the bottom of the pond and the birds forgot to flap their wings and clumsily swooped towards the ground. So basically, shawty is a ten.
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Thailand: Mother With Warm Meat
Warning: you don't call your girlfriend or wife this Thai term of endearment if she's a vegetarian.
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Japan: Egg With Eyes
No, this isn't a reference to a seasoned egg in a bowl of ramen (which too, is a beautiful thing). In Japan, oval-shaped faces and pale skin are seen as things of beauty, hence this unusual nickname.
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Denmark: My Golden Nugget
It's hard not to think of fast food when you hear this Danish saying that sounds tastier than it is complimentary.
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Spain: Fat Girl/Boy
Sure, we've heard it's cool to be phat before, but in Spain, they actually mean fat. It's common to call your loved one "fatso" in Latin American countries.
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Tibet: Most Honoured Poison of my Heart
Well, if you're going to be the poison of someone's heart, you may as well be the most honoured poison, right?
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France: My Little Cabbage
This one may be in reference to a sweet cabbage-shaped pastry called "chou à la crème" rather than the leafy vegetable but it's absolutely too cute either way.
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Spain: My Little Sky
This Spanish saying is very Khal Drogo.
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Germany: Magic Mouse
I mean, we all love Ratatouille, right? Stuart Little?
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Hungary: My Little Insect
Apparently, in Hungary, insects aren't so pesky as long as they're little. You may have to explain that this isn't an insult if you decide to try this one out on your loved one.
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Iran: May a Mouse Eat You
You know when you see a puppy so cute that you just want to squeeze it to bits? Or when you see an actor so dreamy that you just want to die? This one doesn't seem so weird now, right?
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Italy: My Little Microbe
The theme that we've learned here is that anything can be a term of endearment as long as it's little.
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Holland: My Little Poopsie
Case in point. Caption your next cute Instagram shot with bae with this one.