One of the students at the school I work for came up to the desk asking for something. He works for us and is really fun to joke with and tease, and he is the professional pest I think I referred to in an earlier post.
“Can I have change for a 10, please?” He asks in his best begging voice and his best, pitiful expression.
“I can’t, we don’t have that much up here. Financial Aid might be able to help!”
“But I’m asking you, and you need to fulfill my wishes!” I’m paraphrasing here, but that was very close to what he actually said with the same pitiful expression.
“But Financial Aid has some cash!” I offered again.
“Ah, I don’t want to go all the way back there,” he whined.
I shrugged and said, “Sorry, babe!” The words just slipped out automatically, but I’ve never called anyone ‘babe’ before, at least not to their face. If I’m watching a movie that has one of my crushes in it, I’ll call them ‘babe’ or ‘honey’. Like, “Oh honey/babe, you can’t fall in love with her, you’re a hitman!” I don’t have a crush on the guy who works for us, though, honest.
I also called someone ‘dude’ once, and that was automatic too – it was kind of fitting for the person, actually.
So anyway, while I’m in shock about what I had said to him, he wasn’t, and just continued with the original conversation. I told him, “I can’t believe I just called you ‘babe’.
To which he replied, “Well that’s cuz I’m lovable!”
There ya have it. How can you argue with that answer?