Sweetheart and Lovey

A few times recently people I’ve been talking to on the phone, both men and women, have called me ‘sweetheart’ or ‘lovey’. They’ve included people in professional roles like lawyers, estate agents or bank advisers, and coming from them this language has a particularly patronising tone.
I’m not easily offended but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t happen if I didn’t have an audible disability, and that bothers me.

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