In another thread I replied Kamran1x1 starting with "Dear" and he seems to be offended a bit. As per him its Gayish to call someone dear. Is it so?
I googled a bit, could not find it that way.
Here is a little discussion I found. http://www.experienceproject.com/question-answer/Is-It-So-Wrong-To-Call-People-Dear-Darling-Doll-Or-Sweetheart-If-You-Mean-Nothing-By-It/396294
People mentioned many different reasons, some liked, some didnt but no where its mentioned thats its gayish.
While I speak I dont use it a lot but while replying in forums, i use it quite often, coz i think its being nice to someone, I dont want to offend people, so let me know your thoughts on it.