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2012/12/16
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Raffee
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Maybe you’ve also heard it on This American Life. A woman was talking about her relationship with his boyfriend who had dumped her and that she had starting to write his number on bathroom walls “across the United States”, so that people would call and tell him that his ‘chilouppa‘ really missed him. I couldn’t find a word pronounced like that except ‘chalupa’. Now if it’s a term of endearment as well, how could it be related to the other meaning- kind of a fried corn? Is it somehow like what we, Iranians, say- I like it so much so that I like to eat it?

2012/12/16
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Rafee, can you point us to a particular episode (and time stamp in it) at http://www.thisamericanlife.org/.

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2012/12/16
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I found a transcript of the TAL episode you’re referring to.

<http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/457/transcript

In this transcript it is spelled “Chalupa”.  

People make all kinds of words into terms of endearment.   I’ve heard stranger.

2012/12/17
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That was weird! I would be happy to know some weirder terms or just as weird!

It had been completely expunged from my mind that there were episode transcripts on the website!

Thank you both.  

2012/12/17
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Terms of endearment may be a subset of nicknames.

W.C. Fields is famous for saying, “My little chickadee.” My wife and I called our first child a “muffin in the oven”.

Little babies are often called pumpkins (or punkins). And the small carriers are called pumpkin seats.

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