For the first time in 153 years, classic Sweethearts candy hearts won’t be available in stores, but before you say “Miss You” to the sugary snacks for your soulmate, consider the alternatives.  Yep, you can show “All the Feels” with Krispy Kreme’s conversation heart donuts (hello, PR gold!), or skip the calories by showering your sweetie with terms of endearment.

Here’s a brief list of romantic endearments sure to please the word nerd in your life. We defined a few for fun, too!

  • 1250 – Sweetheart
  • 1535: Turtle-dove: Applied especially to lovers or married folk, in allusion to the turtle-dove’s affection for its mate. (Oxford Dictionaries)
  • 1612 Flitter-Mouse
  • 1695 – Sweetie
  • 1840 – Cabbage: An affectionate form of address, found especially in the phrase ‘my (little) cabbage’.  (Oxford Dictionaries)
  • 1900 – Pumpkin
  • 1930 – Sugar
  • 1985 – Boo
  • 2000 – BAE (Before Anyone Else): Typically used as a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner, this term rose to popularity through use on social media and in lyrics in hip-hop and R&B music. (Oxford Dictionaries)

Do you have any terms to add? The true beauty of the language of love is that you can express yourself however you see fit! So go tell your cabbage they’re your BAE.