On Facebook, the topic of “Hell, My Ragtime Gal” came up. If you are familiar with this Andrew Sisters song – I know it from a cartoon short with a singing frog (apparently named Michigan J Frog) – sing it in your head, and what word do you naturally sing to yourself in the blank: “Hello my baby, hello my ______, hello my ragtime gal.”
The correct answer is “honey.” Now, for most others in the Facebook thread, “darling” was the word chosen. And, to be honest, that’s the first word that came to mind for me, as well, before I realized, wait, that doesn’t sound right, and I remembered it was “honey.” For many others, though, it’s a Mandela Effect type of phenomenon, and they swear it’s always been “darling.” Just curious if this effect plays out here and, moreso, why the word “darling” comes naturally to at least a good number of us.
Not sure if it’s best to spoiler at least the first few responses to as not to skew the results.