Nicknames are cool and all, but sometimes they can be confusing! Like when a guy, who you may or may not know well, starts calling you a random pet name. Especially one as intimate as babe.
Randomly getting called babe isn’t always on your agenda. Yet somehow it still happens once in awhile. Here’s 9 reasons as to why:
He Thinks You’re Good Looking
Men often resort to calling a woman babe because they find them attractive. When he says it he is telling you that he thinks you are very beautiful, sexy or cute. When you call someone a babe, you are literally saying they are a babe!
He might say it because the two of you are not very well acquainted. He may want to compliment you so that it will be your very first impression of him. Whether or not you find it flattering is totally up to you. However, when used in this sense it is technically a compliment and usually harmless.
He’s Wondering If You’re Interested
Sometimes when a guy starts calling you names like babe, it means he is trying to gauge how into him you are. He is testing the waters slowly by throwing out a cute nickname. He is doing this because he wants to see how you will respond to it. Will you like it and perhaps start calling him babe in return? Or will you reject the effort and maybe ask him to knock it off? Calling you babe is a good way to throw out the fishing line and wait for a bite. He is essentially asking you out without having to go through the potentially embarrassing situation of asking you directly.
You’re Very Close To Him
Nicknames among friends are becoming more common with today’s world, as people are becoming less formal with one another each and every day. So it’s not that strange when one of your besties, even if he is a man, to start calling you a name like babe. He could also start calling you babe because the two of you have some sort of romantic history and the walls for formality have already fallen down. He may feel as if he has the right to continue to call you babe, even when the two of you are no longer involved. It generally means that he still considers you very close to him and that he still thinks you are quite the babe.
He’s Flirting With You
Calling a woman by a complimentary name is also a form of flirting. Catcalls have been around for as long as we can remember and the rate they are used at does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. When he calls out to you with words like babe, cutie or gorgeous, he is letting you know that he is interested in you. His call is an invitation to come over and talk to him.
He may not use it as a catcall and instead he may use it in conversation. He is still using the word to flirt with you. This will most likely be the case if the two of you do not know each other well. He will casually slip these words into mid-conversation without skipping a beat. He will be waiting to see if you accept the gesture or reject it, but he will not make it obvious that he is doing it.
He Doesn’t Really Know You
Had the two of you just met? As in you met today or yesterday? If so, then he could be calling you babe because he cannot remember your name! As offensive as it is, this is sometimes the case when a guy calls you names like babe. Babe might just be the name he chooses to call a woman that he isn’t familiar with, usually because he thinks you are attractive in one sense or another. This could mean he just thinks you have a kick ass personality or it could mean he thinks you are stunningly beautiful.
There are times where he will call you by a nickname because he can’t remember your name and he choose something flattering like babe. This is because he wants to butter you up before you realize that he doesn’t know who you are. He thinks calling you babe will soften the blow of his forgetfulness.
He Likes You A Lot
Once in awhile you will find that a guy starts calling you babe because he has developed a huge crush on you over time. This is usually the case if someone that you have known for a long time suddenly starts calling you intimate names out of, what seems like, virtually nowhere. Him establishing this new, cute pet name for you is his way of announcing that he wants you to, quite literally, be his babe. He is making a move on you and it’s a big one! Listen to him to see how often he starts calling you babe. If he starts laying the word on the table often, that’s a clear indication that he is harboring some feelings for you. He will most likely continue to use it until you reciprocate his advances or until you tell him that you are not interested.
He’s Trying To Impress Someone
Men will sometimes address women by pet names when they are trying to impress someone who is listening. No, in this case they’re sadly not trying to impress you. Instead they are ignoring any thought on how this will make you feel. They will start calling you babe to look cool in front of their friends or coworkers. It’s a classic ‘she’s my girlfriend, but she doesn’t know it’ situation. He could have possibly told them that the two of you are a thing, even if you are not. If this is why he is calling you babe, he will only say it to you when other people are around. When you around are alone he will avoid using the word, because he will not want you to inquire about it. When this happens, it’s best to tell him how you feel. If you do not mind being his pretend girlfriend or fling, then let it go. If it really bugs you, it’s best to tell him that and put an end to it. Do it quick, before you get stuck trying to keep up with 3 fake kids and an imaginary vacation house in Switzerland.
It’s His Go To Word
Some men naturally nickname everyone they hang around with. Some women do this, too. It is just in their nature to be nurturing and they will call people things like sweetheart, babe, baby or honey. This usually comes along with someone who is much older. This will not be the case with one of your younger buddies, but instead an elder that you encounter. Men often called women by pet names in the past. Although nicknames have become more lax between friends, it is more awkward for a stranger to do it now then it was back in the day.
He’s Going To Ask You Out
A man might start calling you a cute nickname when he finally gathering the courage to ask you out. It may be a slight hint that he likes you as more than just a friend. When he calls you babe, he might be signalling to you that he is ready to take things to the next level. This is usually the case if the two of you have become very close and already flirt quite often.