Darling, love and sweetheart

Dieser Beitrag zur Landeskunde erklärt die idiomatische Verwendung von ‚Darling‘, ‚Love‘ und ‚Sweetheart‘.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is an important day to mark on your calendar if you’re looking for love!

The English language can be used in many different ways in order to convey your feelings or simply to impress somebody.

So how could this be achieved? Do we simply dive right in with ‘I love you’?! Well, that might be appropriate depending on the situation, however, let’s take a look at a few key phrases and terms that could add an extra dimension to your speech and perhaps come across as more impressive.


This can be used to refer towards another person with whom you hold affection. It is light-hearted and friendly, but goes beyond the barriers of regular friendship. Additionally saying my darling can add a deeper level of endearment. This should perhaps only be used when you are sure of a relationship being on a more intimate level.


The term ‘love’ in this sense is used not as a verb, but as a noun instead. Similar to ‘darling’ this is used in the same way but is much more common in the United Kingdom. It could be said that this however is more of an informal friendly term and does not necessarily equate to an intimate relationship, least not ‘love’ in the full definition. One may even use this word towards anybody, if they so wish, but it does come across as affectionate.

You could probably deploy this term towards somebody with whom you share affection but perhaps are mainly friends. However, it is also used by those in relationships with one another, and often again as ‘my love’.


The same can be said for ‘sweetheart’ which is definitely used between two people who share feelings for each other. The key difference here is that it is again of a more informal nature, so you probably wouldn’t use it to as someone to marry you!

This is a term that has seen more widespread use in America, the idea of a ‘childhood sweetheart’ springs to mind.

So next time you want to express yourself, to a loved one, feel free to use any of these!


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