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To think 'hun' is less twee and sickly than using 'D' in front of all abbreviations for family members

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Bearbehind Thu 24-Jan-13 12:36:12

Spin off from another thread but it is a genuine question.

I don't really like the word 'Hun' and wouldn't say it in real life but I hate the use of 'D' in front of family member abbreviations ,DH, DD etc yet it is common place. I think this is far more twee, sickly and false than Hun.

Why is one acceptable but the other isn't?

Wouldn't people know what you meant if you just typed D, H etc?

cumfy Fri 25-Jan-13 12:52:24

Hun on the other hand is a twee affectation ..... and nothing but.

cumfy Fri 25-Jan-13 12:50:15

Just convenient shorthand, OP.wink

The dear/darling is silent; the "D" just conveniently signifies a family relationship.

It assists in the cognitive flow of complex events and inter-relationships.
Could be an F, R or any other random letter.

I am confused others take it literally in anyway whatever.


MiniEggsinJanuary Fri 25-Jan-13 09:59:53

Love your post notsofrownie!! Totally agree. My sis in law uses "hun" all the time and I think it just makes her sound more disingenuous and daft than ever!

MiniEggsinJanuary Fri 25-Jan-13 09:56:34

Oops - cross post!

MiniEggsinJanuary Fri 25-Jan-13 09:55:50

I hate "hun". Didn't we refer to the enemy at the Hun during the First World War?!

Enigmosaurus Fri 25-Jan-13 09:54:15


I fucking hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE hun. Or hunny. Or hunni. Or hunnie or huney or any other stupid way to spell it. It's patronising and it's WRONG.

'D' means little more than 'the' to me. I can live with it, its a widely accepted acronym across the internet.

Altinkum Fri 25-Jan-13 09:52:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mrsjay Fri 25-Jan-13 09:49:34

have 3 children and use my phone so writing dc1 is a lot quicker then my eldest child or similar.

I do that I can't be bothered saying youngest child or whatever

BupcakesAndCunting Fri 25-Jan-13 09:48:29


Hun is a shooting offence.

I showed DH a thread once where an OP was slating her husband. Mine said "Why do you all keep writing DH?" I said "Oh it means husband..." Dh said "Oh well I know what that means then" I said "what" he says "Dick head?"


wewereherefirst Fri 25-Jan-13 09:46:14

I use my phone so DH/DS etc is easy for me to type, also I've been using it on other forums for about 10+ years so it's ingrained in me now.

Calling someone hun is just patronising and false.

tilder Fri 25-Jan-13 09:33:28

Exactly notsofrownie.

Hun is awful.

I didn't get the d bit when I first started on mn, used to type in full but can no longer be arsed. I have 3 children and use my phone so writing dc1 is a lot quicker then my eldest child or similar.

Glitterspy Fri 25-Jan-13 09:25:53

I always thought the 'D' was used with an element of sarcasm/ irony - often the 'D' concerned is acting any thing but 'dear' or 'darling'. Otherwise yes it is all a bit pukesome, I find 'hun' a bit condescending as well.

mrsjay Fri 25-Jan-13 09:24:57

what I don't understand is and maybe somebody can tell me is, a poster could type a long winded post with huge and complicated words but can't type husband confused nothing wrong with typing DH just wondering

FlouncingMintyy Fri 25-Jan-13 09:22:57

I simply think most people who use Mumsnet loathe hun and hunning and are neutral about dh, dd, ds etc. Its just one of those things.

Jengnr Fri 25-Jan-13 09:22:13

Ds, dd, dh etc etc are vile and cringey. Just type the effing words instead.

mrsjay Fri 25-Jan-13 09:20:38

NO huns here i dont like the DD and all that I sometimes use it some times not , I do get confused with DSD DIS DSGD I could go on some of them are just daft I usually say the daughters or my mum or whatever

notsofrownieface Fri 25-Jan-13 09:17:56

I absolutely hate the usage of hon/hun. It is too personal and makes the person using it sound dense (in my opinion).

For me it is is the same league as:
Lil man
Lil girl

In my experience people who use hon sound like this:

"Hey hon av u got dat fing we was tlkin abot"
"Ill pm u hon"
"fanks hon xxx"

It just shouldn't be allowed so yabu.

PeggyCarter Fri 25-Jan-13 08:30:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

tigerdriverII Thu 24-Jan-13 23:00:23

I am always worried about using DS etc in other forums in case it outs me as a Mnetter.

Tommy Thu 24-Jan-13 23:00:07

agree with Tweasels - I only use DH, DS etc on mumsnet. When i am talking about them to realk people in real life I either say "my husband" or "my son" or use their name. hmm

I hate, hate, hate "hun" - blurgh

Porkster Thu 24-Jan-13 22:59:42

No Huns. Ever.

I hate dh, dd etc etc but use them as it's less clear if you use h, s or d.

LadyWidmerpool Thu 24-Jan-13 22:56:12

I can't bear the abbreviations. I don't care how long they've been around or if Shakespeare invented them. Awful, awful,awful.

Bella88 Thu 24-Jan-13 22:55:11


'Hun'ners and 'D'ers are indeed cut from the same tweem sprig print cloth viscose. Utterly toe curling the lot of it.

Tweasels Thu 24-Jan-13 22:43:29


Surely though DH, DC whatever is just abbreviation for ease of typing. Hun isn't an abbreviation, people actually say it out of their mouths. I've heard them. I don't call my husband DH though. I use his name.

Also, I don't know, but is Hun short for honey? As a term of endearment? It definitely only used by people who are overly familiar with people they barely know. Like the types who "collect" Facebook friends.

Snot the same fing.

Tanith Thu 24-Jan-13 22:37:24

I really hate "hun".
I first encountered it in a novel as a derogatory term used for the Germans in the First World War and I just can't get past that.

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