Louisianians take terms of endearment to a new level. Everyone’s essentially part of the extended family, at least until one proves otherwise. This explains why in Creole and in Cajun, formal forms are used only with certain people (e.g. priests, doctors, dignitaries, etc) and everyone else, that is, the ordinary stranger, is referred to in the informal voice.
The following are some commonly used terms of endearment used by Louisiana Creoles. Interesting fact: many of these terms have been adopted into Louisiana English, and used in its original language (Creole and French).
Honey. (English) = Bé. /bay/ (Creole)
Sweetie. (English) = Mô shou /mawn shoo/ (Creole)
Sweetie. (English) = shoushou /shoo SHOO/ (Creole) – emphasis on second syllable
Dear. (English) = shè /sheh/, or shæ /shaeh/ (Creole)
Girlfriend. (English) = Bèl. Négrès. /bell/, /nay gress/ (Creole)
Boyfriend. (English) = Bo. Nèg. /boh/, /nehg/ (Creole)