Somebody got right offended at me today for using the word darlin Now if you know me, you know I'm one of those people that call everyone darlin (or shug, and usually call kids sweetie). Especially if I don't know the person's name. Say I'm at a flea market, I'm liable to say something on the lines of: Hey darlin, how much is this? How much is this right here darlin? How many of you use darlin, shug, or sweetie, and how many of you get offended by it?