“The thing that pops into my head is the Shirley MacLaine quote from Terms of endearment,” said Emmerich.
“It is not a term of endearment to them,” says Apfelbaum in his letter.
Terms of endearment got made because Polly Platt was so persistent.
"act of endearing," 1610s, from endear + -ment. Meaning "obligation of gratitude" is from 1620s; that of "action expressive of love" is from 1702.