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"Pumpkin" as a term of endearment?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23979points) October 31st, 2010

How did the word “pumpkin” become a term of endearment?

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llewis's avatar

Well, small round-ish ball of something relatively sweet, about the size of a baby… It’s kinda fun to say. I have a cat named Punkin.


I think the word sounds “cute” to begin with, and coupled with the image of pumpkins being round, smooth, and readily held in your arms, the word is aptly used as term of endearment.

JLeslie's avatar

I tried to google it, but didn’t really come up with anything. Pork chop is another one I wonder why people started using it as a term of endearment.

FutureMemory's avatar

Maybe because pumpkin pie is so tasty.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

It’s related to Pumpernickel don’t cha’ know… If Pumpernickel means Foolish Farting Goblin, then Pumpkin basically means Little Fart.

Is is so bad to refer to children as little farts?

FutureMemory's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies That’s better than little shits.

JLeslie's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies You’re mixing Q’s Lol.

seazen's avatar

It’s short for pumpkin pie. And pies are sweet.

ragingloli's avatar

Like Pizzaface.

ucme's avatar

I prefer pumpkinny wumpkinny! :¬)

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Cute and sweet. Similar to:“oh, my little sausage!”

Pandora's avatar

@ragingloli LOL, I’m sure pizza face isn’t a term of endearment.

Maybe it started as a nickname for redheads. I can see a bunch of readheads sitting at a table and mom and or dad coming in and noticing they look like a pumpkin patch. Especially in the old days when 8 or more children where the common amount of kids to have.
So you have a bunch of kids and you always forget their names, so you call them pumpkin. It will work for all of them. (Well till one is huge and round like a pumpkin. Then its just rude.)

@ZEPHYRA Oh, I can see that one going over big with guys. LMAO

GracieT's avatar

I also used to have a pumpkin. I am a redhead, but I would not apprciate the nickname. I don’t really want to be nicknamed after a fruit or a flower. I can’t use any of these body washes or soaps. I’d really rather not smell like one either! I know other ladies do, but I never have!

marinelife's avatar

I call my husband “tiny pumpkin”.

CMaz's avatar

Pumpkin is just such a sweet word.

Pumpkin. ;-)

tragiclikebowie's avatar

I have a friend who calls me “muffin” and “cupcake” on a regular basis. I think it’s along those lines; something sweet that people generally like? Or maybe he thinks I am shaped like a muffin/cupcake…

Scooby's avatar

I prefer ‘SPUD’ :-/

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

pump – kin… isn’t that when you fuck your cousin?

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Hahaha! Totally cracked me up. :)

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