Term of endearment used by Carmine “The Big Ragoo” Ragusa (Eddie Mekka) for his semi-steady girlfriend Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) on the sitcom LAVERNE & SHIRLEY/ABC/1976-83 set in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Shirley’s nickname at work (Shotz Brewery) was “wait-for-the-wedding-night-Feeney.” Shirley’s mom nicknamed her “Dimples.”
Shirley Feeney was a single Milwaukee beer factory worker who shared a basement apartment with her life-long friend Laverne DeFazio (Penny Marshall).
Besides her boyfriend and her roommate, Laverne Shirley’s next best friend was Boo-Boo Kitty. When Shirley felt blue or depressed, Boo-Boo Kitty was always there to listen to her troubles. At bedtime, the only one to share Shirley’s bed was Boo-Boo Kitty – for Shirley had pledged to stay a virgin until her wedding night.
Eventually, Shirley married an Army medic stationed overseas named Walter Meany.
See also – “The Big Ragoo”