One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘don't worry, darl, I'm not having the best day myself’short for darling (as a form of address)
- ‘Thanks darl, you make it that much easier to get through the day.’
- ‘Tea, darl?’
- ‘Hey darl, are you finished?’
- ‘Kisses back to you, darl.’
- ‘Gosh, darl, you really need to read up on your acronyms.’
- ‘Any shop assistant who calls you 'darl', 'love', or 'sweetie' is in fact daring you to stab them with whatever is closest to hand.’
- ‘She is a petite woman in her late forties, a smoker, who punctuates everything with the word "darl".’
- ‘She reached over to give Rose a hug and told her, "Cheer up, darl."’
- ‘Everybody always laughs at us, darl.’
- ‘You can only wonder what his wife was thinking when he said, "Darl, would you like to sit down, there is something I have to tell you."’
Early 20th century: abbreviation.
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