In an earlier post I had written about needing a new word for “stepmom”…I found another word, “boyfriend”. I have been dating a man for 5+ years, I’m over 40 and we live together. When I refer to him as my “boyfriend” I feel like I’m a teenager. My boyfriend (I even don’t like typing it) was discussing this topic with 2 women at his job and the one woman actually got engaged so she could say “fiancé”…she also says she has no plans on marrying this man. So you see, I’m not the only one. I know the gay community uses the word partner, which sounds like your in business together or a western movie, my better half is just putting yourself down and my darling sounds like you’re Zsa Zsa Gabor. I went to my friendly thesaurus and these are their suggestions.

Synonyms beau, fellow, man, swain

 Related Words admirer, crush, steady; gallant, suitor, wooer; beloved, darling, dear, favorite, flame, honey, love, lover, sweet, sweetheart, valentine; date, escort; groom, husband; fiancé, intended

Now, pretend you are at a party…

”let me introduce you to my ____________.”

 (fill in the blank with the word you like most or let me know of a better word).

I don’t like any of them.



3 Responses

  1. Try Ha Choo.

    You say, “let me introduce you to my ______Ha Choo______.”
    They say, “Bless you”
    You say, “Thank you”

  2. A lot of people say “partner” because it is simple and gender neutral.

    That way you can ask someone “Do you have a partner” instead of boy/girl friend which helps end the assumption of heterosexuality.

  3. I wouldn’t mind being introduced as someones “honey”…everything else is goofy.

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