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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 April, 2005, 12:00 GMT 13:00 UK
'Don't call me babe', says survey
Pamela Anderson
As Pammy might say - don't call your colleague babe
Are you a mate in work meetings, cariad to your colleague or even a babe to your boss?

It sounds like fun, but employers and colleagues using informal ways of addressing staff members in Wales, beware - you may be driving them crazy.

The Welsh are the most likely to find the use of pet names like "love", "mate" or "honey" annoying, a survey has found.

Nearly one in 10 said they were offended by such names used at work.

Across the UK, the survey for Fish4jobs found 42% out of 2,000 people questioned had been called by a pet name in the workplace.

Top 10 pet names
Love
Mate
Duck
Babe
Sweetheart
Honey
Pet
Chuck
Darling
Lover

However, the majority of people are relaxed about how they are addressed.

Exactly 30% think being called things like mate or love is harmless, and 11% positively welcome it - just 3% objected.

The survey, unsurprisingly, found that names which were traditional to an area were the least likely to cause offence.

Nearly 40% of Geordies consider the use of "pet" in the workplace as a term of endearment, but only 8% of Londoners would agree - if you want to get on with one in four of them, call them "sweetheart" instead.

Returning to Wales, it seems they are not a nation of "honeys". However, nearly one in three Scottish workers are happy to respond to the endearment.

But one taboo is constant across the UK - don't call anyone "sexy".

Nearly half said they found the term degrading.

Like Pamela Anderson's character in the film Barb Wire, a further 38% reacted strongly against the term "babe", despite the fact it is one of the most commonly used pet names.


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