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What is the origin of the phrase "terms of endearment"? I'm guessing a literary origin, but who knows?

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I'm not familiar with the term in any context other than the name of the movie. It's from a McMurtry novel of the same name. I know you should never judge a book by its movie but the movie was bad enough, I'm not about to read the book to see if there's some hint there. Knock yourself out.

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FWIW, The first hit in Google Book Search is a 1909 published thesis called "Latin Terms of Endearment and of Family Relationship". The first chapter is called "Terms of Endearment". I'm guessing it's been a popular topic heading in language books for quite some time.

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Does it have one for Jackie?

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Jackie is one.

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Ack... But thanks, you-all.

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hey nice lady Could you spare ten bucks for a cup of double decaf espresso latte with a shot of caramel syrup?

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