Alan Kay said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. With that in mind, the best way to stay ahead of trends, is to start them. To explain my idea, a little history is needed.
People have been calling their loved ones “baby” for ages. That’s a word with two syllables. Of course, it is human nature to look for shortcuts, so many years ago “baby” became “babe”. Same amount of letters, but now only one syllable. That seemed to do, but a short time ago, even that was shortened by some to “bae”. Still a syllable, but without the consonant sound at the end and one less letter to type into your phone.
Was it necessary? It doesn’t matter. If you don’t want to sound like a fuddy-duddy (you know, like the kind of person who says “fuddy-duddy”) then you have to adapt. Therefore, to help everyone out, I’m recommending people start using “b” as an affectionate name for their loved ones. It is pronounced like bee, without the “ee” sound. (That’s right, it just the consonant b.)