I called a friend in California today and talked for a bit, and I asked him about modern usage of "sweet". He demonstrated its usage on the phone and it didn't actually sound so bad. After hanging up, I'm beginning to realize how cut off I am from this sort of thing. I read a lot, so I'm probably as up-to-date as most people in vocabulary, but reading a word like "sweet" and hearing it are two very different things!
So - to my "sweet" using e-pals out there - sorry for the fiery rant about that word! In hearing it skillfully demonstrated, I don't think it sounds so bad... but I still don't think I want to use it myself!
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon