Wednesday, November 16, 2005

repeat after me

Lately when I've checked my stats I've noticed several people searching for "how to pronounce mausi" or "translation of mausi" so I thought I'd put you all out of your misery.

Mausi is pronounced the way you would pronounce 'wow-zee' in English. Easy, huh? And as for the translation, it's just a diminutive form of the German Maus, meaning mouse, and is used as a pet name.

I saw a thing on the news last week where they did a poll on German pet names. Apparently 50% of Germans have pet names for their partners, and the top 5 were
  1. Schatz (dear or treasure)
  2. Schatzi (same as above but cuter)
  3. Liebling (darling)
  4. Hase (bunny)
  5. Bärchen (little bear)

Hmmph. So Mausi didn't even make the list, although it's the name Mr. M and I call each other. Yes, I call a 6'4", 220 lb man Mausi and he doesn't mind a bit. No idea how it started, but it seems to have stuck.

For as long as I can remember, my parents have referred to each other as 'ducky' and 'bunny'. Can you feel the syrupy sweetness?

So what do you call YOUR significant other?


At November 16, 2005 2:10 p.m., Blogger Cathy said...

my Oma used Musche. (kittie?)

(p.s. hope I didn't offend with your word choice ;)

At November 16, 2005 3:03 p.m., Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

I call my hubby

My baby

At November 16, 2005 3:38 p.m., Blogger Homer said...

Twat, mainly. ;-)

At November 16, 2005 4:14 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I call the husband to be by his name or honey...nothing else. But I think nicknames from past relationships have made me resort to no names at all, just so it's different...

At November 16, 2005 5:00 p.m., Blogger Sparky said...

Shouldn't the pronouniciation be more like "mow-zee" than "wow-zee" ;)?

Oh, and you know my pet name, don't you ;)? Jen's are:

- Sweetness (... and light)
- Lovey
- Bun-bun
- ...and whatever comes to mind at any given moment, including such treasures as "bummy girl" or "snuggle pumpkin"

- Sparky

At November 16, 2005 5:03 p.m., Blogger jen said...

snuggle pumpkin is not one of my favorites.

At November 16, 2005 5:31 p.m., Blogger Homer said...

Sparky - I hope "bummy girl" was a typo. That's a HORRIBLE thing to call someone, esp. in England!

At November 16, 2005 7:45 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Sparky - Sparkle Motion or Post-It Boy?? And 'mow' is pronounced like 'Moe', not like 'wow'.

In my past lives I've been called 'Pooky', 'snuggle bunny' and 'sunshine'. :-)

At November 16, 2005 8:10 p.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Um "Art" short for Arthur as in Ar-thur-job (half a job) because he always starts something and never finishes it :-) although lately it's become Funk as in garfunkel oh my god how my mind works hahaha

At November 16, 2005 8:20 p.m., Blogger J said...

lmao @ Snuggle pumpkin!

At November 16, 2005 9:55 p.m., Blogger SwissTwist said...

In Swiss German they make everything 'li', so somehow I've gone from calling hubby 'Schatz' to 'Schatzli'. He is also Babe, Sweety and long whiney 'sssccchhhhaaatttzzz'

At November 16, 2005 11:02 p.m., Blogger cmhl said...

I call him pot and he calls me kettle. yes, we have issues. hahah

At November 17, 2005 1:16 a.m., Blogger Crystal said...

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At November 17, 2005 1:19 a.m., Blogger Crystal said...

How cute! And yes I have a pet name for my honey bunny, I call him Sweetbee. Thanks for explaining your blog name, I had no clue what it meant either, I thought it meant "moose" to be honest, since you're Canadian and all, plus you did that post about the elk/moose recently.

At November 17, 2005 3:11 a.m., Anonymous bangkok expat mama said...

my german-american husband is 6'4". my german maternal grandfather was 6'4". christina's german husband is 6'4". after my husband's 6'2" brother visited germany two years ago, he reported that those two weeks had been the only time in his life he had ever felt short.

what is the secret? what are these people eating? :)

anyway, i call my husband "page", short for pedro. he calls me "cakes", but after 13 years together, neither of us remembers the origin.

At November 17, 2005 8:36 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Crystal - I love the name Sweetbee! That's so cute.

bangkok expat mama-I think they must put something in the water! Our 12 yr old is shooting up now too and will probably be almost as tall as his dad and the other teenagers around here are huge, especially their feet. I just know I'm going to end up being the shortest one in the family. :-)

At November 17, 2005 12:23 p.m., Anonymous mar said...

We call each other Schatzi. From the very beginning, even then when my German was very limited. My mom (who only speaks Spanish )thought we meant Chop Suey, what she knew from the Chinese restaurants (lol), which didn't make much sense to her...until we had a little German lesson for her. But right now he is my krankes Häschen!

At November 17, 2005 12:25 p.m., Anonymous mar said...

Forgot that sometimes we remember his Schwäbischen roots so we are "Schätzle" :D

At November 17, 2005 12:42 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

I don't want to lower the tone by telling you what I call my significant other!

At November 21, 2005 12:57 p.m., Blogger surly girl said...

despite the fact that he is six foot with a beard, i find myself calling him "baby". mostly "hon", tho.

and small person is known as "ponky chops". i have NO idea where that one came from. she is also variously:


i am mental.


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