Oh dear, I've just embarrassed myself. Again.
Mark from the garage just rang to say my car will be ready today. As we'd asked, they have given it a full service as well as the head gasket repair. I asked the price. £1,235.81. "Actually," I told him, "I'd steeled myself for more."
I then thanked him for his helpfulness throughout all this - praise is more important than blame, I think, when it's due - and then I said "Right then, see you later, love." I bit my tongue in dismay. It was a business conversation, dammit. I don't even know the lad. I may call you all by (richly merited, you lovely people) endearments, but this is entirely different. And I don't have the sort of voice that sounds as if I call everyone "luv" or "darlin'"
At least I didn't say 'dear heart.'
I will dress in a business suit and look sensible and proper when I go in, and perhaps he will think he misheard me.