I have been chatting with someone for a while now and she used the phrase “ты мой золотой” we have met before but currently we are in different country. My question is what does this phrase stand for? I know the meaning of the words. It says you are my gold but I don’t quite get what does she mean? Anyone care to explain pls? Thanks
This phrase can have a wide range of meanings, in general it has an old-fashioned connotation and is often used by women of older generation as they speak to a younger collocutor and want to say how they like her/him, with shades of condescension, patronage, tenderness, gratitude.
As you mentioned it literally means "you are my gold", with variant "ты мое золотце", gold means as usual something valuable, dear.
- Mother can say this to her child, if it helped her/did something useful, what she did not awaited it could do
- Grandmother can thank this way in general any younger person who helped her
- Of course the expression can be used by any person with footsie connotation, as a joke, to ironically express aforementioned condescension, patronage
I think it depends on the depth of context/ meaningfulness of her heart's intentions, she may show her afection this way, along the lines of "You're my sweetie/ such a sweetheart/ darling/ You're my guy/my dear/ You're my precious"... or not, we'd need to read the whole message history to gauge what's what, lol.