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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?

dinkystinky Thu 24-Jan-13 12:36:50

But D could stand for any number of adjectives...

SavoyCabbage Thu 24-Jan-13 12:37:26


Bearbehind Thu 24-Jan-13 12:38:46

But doesn't it mean Dear or Darling in its most common use.

I have to admit when I first saw the abbreviation DH I thought it meant Dick Head, which in some instances, is perfectly apt!

Pandemoniaa Thu 24-Jan-13 12:40:03

It's the element of irony that's makes all the difference.

Also, Hunning is so often a substitute for the much deadlier weapon the hunner would prefer to plunge into the back of their victim.

Sugarice Thu 24-Jan-13 12:40:27

I was always under the impression dh ,ds, dd and the rest are standard internet forum abbreviations and have always been around.

HecateWhoopass Thu 24-Jan-13 12:42:47

They are, sugar. They're widely used.

I find it confusing a lot of the time.

dd - daughter? dad?

df - fiance? friend? father?

dn - nephew? niece? neighbour?

I don't object to them on cringy grounds grin but I think it's only a few more letters to type and it's clear who you're on about.

Bearbehind Thu 24-Jan-13 12:42:55

They are Sugarice, but so are words like Hun or Pet as terms of endearment yet some people on Mumsnet seems totally anti them

Pagwatch Thu 24-Jan-13 12:46:18

But dh or ds is an endearment being used by a poster about a close relative.

Hun is usually being used by a virtual stranger.

So they are different.

If you chose to use Hun between yourself and a close friend then that's your choice. Hunning a stranger on the Internet presents the possibility that it might irritate the crap out of them.

Hullygully Thu 24-Jan-13 12:47:23

you ar wrong

the end

CooEeeEldridge Thu 24-Jan-13 12:47:52

Yanbu, I hate both!!!

Bearbehind Thu 24-Jan-13 12:49:38

Thanks for that reasoned response Hully!

ginslinger Thu 24-Jan-13 12:49:58

No huns - ever.

The very end

Sugarice Thu 24-Jan-13 12:50:13

To me, it feels awkward to address a stranger as Hun and as Pag says there is sentiment behind the d of the abbreviation.

SminkoPinko Thu 24-Jan-13 12:50:37

lol @ DH = dick head!

I've never liked the d prefix thing but it's endemic.

nickelbabe Thu 24-Jan-13 12:51:31

"D" whatever isn't "twee", it's the internet standard abbreviation.

I know it means "darling" or "dear" but I've never thought of it like that, I've always just thought of it as "the"

AThingInYourLife Thu 24-Jan-13 12:51:32

You are right.

A new beginning.

itsaruddygame Thu 24-Jan-13 12:52:37

I HATE hun with a passion. I thought the DH, DD, DS thing was very wierd when I first started mumsnet - I am used to it now but cant bring myself to use the abbreviations.

PippinWoo Thu 24-Jan-13 12:54:41

I can't help it. I fucking hate "hun" so much. It actually irritated me so much it prevented me from ever using the Weight Watchers forums when I was a member.

It seemed so redundant because "hun" was used at the end of virtually every sentence!

Bearbehind Thu 24-Jan-13 12:55:39

I know we can't change standard abbreviations but I just think it should have been MH for 'my husband' as opposed to all this darling crap. A lot of the time, particularly on AIBU, the person being written about is anything but 'Dear' or 'Darling'!

stretch Thu 24-Jan-13 12:57:21

I second the no 'hunning'. It isn't even right; honey, not hunny. Unless you are Winnie The Pooh

AboutThyme Thu 24-Jan-13 12:58:44

Don't like either but would prefer hun over the bloody D. The rogue D is so unnecessary. People describe their exes as "my ex-DH" ffs! I hate it.

Should have a brew eh!

stretch Thu 24-Jan-13 12:58:51

MH stands for Mental Health usually. MP, for my partner wouldn't work either! Or MC for my children! grin

stretch Thu 24-Jan-13 12:59:59

About, it would/should be 'my ex-H'.

I don't use them. I say the toddler instead.

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