My sun, my soul, my song, my bird, my sweetheart, my pink sky, my sunny rainbow, my little music, my inexpressible delight, my softness, my happiness, my tenderness, my lightness, my dear life, my dear eyes, kittykin, poochums, mousikins, goosikins, monkeykins, sparrowling, kidlet, skunky, bird of paradise, mothling, kitty-cat, roosterkin, mousie, tigercubkin..
—  endearments and salutations by Vladimir Nabokov in letters to his wife Véra