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People who say “my partner” are soulless. They are dead inside.

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  1. I’ve always wondered about this.

    If they’re not a husband or wife, but there is a long term relationship, what do you call them?

    Boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t right, but partner definitely is emotionless, financial sounding.

    Was that really Sean Lennon?

  2. used to think like sean , then grew up , understand the PC debate, the woke concepts
    but i flipped it
    partner mean my buddy, whom i love , who i hang with who’s my baby/man .. whatever
    joe public and prying petem don’t need to know if its male/female – gay/tranny or wot
    or as jew-allan might say ” Keep your big schnozz out my business ”
    if you don’t like it , tough shit, its protects people from knobs and finger pointers
    those with the disapproving stares .. the curtain twitchers

  3. That’s an angry and defensive response.

    There’s actually a lot of comment on reddit and other sites about this question, most of it not political.

  4. For me my wife is my wife and my exes are my ex girlfriends but if people are happy enough to be referred to as ‘partners’ who am I or anyone else to question their phraseology?

  5. //People who say “my partner” are soulless. They are dead inside.//

    Why is that Pete?

  6. You can be fine with people using it but still dislike it. There’s no need to smother your taste and your instinct.

    I think the word doesn’t sound odd when used by gays. But Phantom’s right, there’s no good word tjat a, say, 70-year-old can use to refer to the woman he’s mad about.
    “My item” is too American.

    I remember well the time a guy I was talking to casually said “I’m waiting for my husband”. I hope he didn’t notice my confusion.

  7. The thing is that ” partner ” already had a meaning.

    A group of lawyers or accountants may be partners in their specialized business, as will two guys who are joint owners of a restaurant.

    For centuries, it has had a meaning centered around finance and business.

    There are times when a language does not have the precise word for a thing and this I think is that.

    Maybe other languages do a better job on this.

  8. Noel

    I remember well the time a guy I was talking to casually said “I’m waiting for my husband”. I hope he didn’t notice my confusion.

    Thanks to marriage equality, you’ll be hearing this a lot more with same sex couples which is a good thing. I went to the wedding of a gay coupe last year, both lovely ladies I’ve known for quite a long time. It was one of the best wedding ever been to.

  9. Phantom.

    There are times when a language does not have the precise word for a thing and this I think is that.

    I agree, my other half, my partner, the missus, none of these sound particularly right. And the pet names you have for each other, definitely don’t sound right in public. 😀

  10. Phantom,

    My lover, my soulmate, way too heavy or twee for general use

    Blowjob princess, doesn’t go down well either. (Unlike the blowjob princess.) 😀

  11. You can be fine with people using it but still dislike it. There’s no need to smother your taste and your instinct

    I’m not smothering anything. I’m indifferent to it.

    Dave, pricelss!

  12. For centuries, it has had a meaning centered around finance and business.

    There are times when a language does not have the precise word for a thing and this I think is that.

    Maybe other languages do a better job on this

    That’s an interesting one. In Spanish the word ‘socio’ which means associate, is used as business partner whereas ‘pareja’ is used in the partner sense above. Pareja literally means couple and ‘mi pareja’ is used to refer to one half of the couple.

  13. Oh and Phantom, although I didn’t watch that whole Tiger King documentary, I did see a clip of that ‘Thruple wedding’ which yes did seem to epitomise the height of good taste, beauty and sweet romantic love 🙂

  14. i think the word “partner” came about party to assuage gays and partly divorcees, or the unmarried. remember the old traditional times/values where is was one woman one man ( for life ) But society has changed , many people divorce, live with a girlfriend/boyfriend and do not marry, or at least are not married presently, plus straight acting gay people in business want cover for any emotional distress caused . so for me partner is a catch all, its not perfect, but it closes the door ( phantom its not defensive and aggressive ) its a smart safe way of operating in a world full of bigotry .
    think about how miss became ms – that’s part of the evolution story of how we prefer to be referred to each other . Its fine, if it upsets you prolly your’re own bigotry on display
    and a broader mind is required
    Noel think taste instinct are matured here into a language of respect.
    It needs to be accepted and learnt therefore .

  15. sinn fein learnt this well and are happy to refer to people as british in ulster if that’s how they want to be referred to . the open identity in the North . Irish/British etc
    Derry/LondonDerry and so on bridges gaps – means you can speak to the other person and respect difference 🙂

  16. I quite like ‘my main squeeze’

    Kurt, in my experience everyone, including unionists, use Derry and those who refer to it as Londonderry only do so to make a political point.

  17. Years ago “significant other” was used, but have not heard it in a long time.

  18. Dave Alton –

    Why is that Pete?

    Phantom is right. It is transactional and devoid of emotion. Think of “wife”. It’s a tiny, simple noun but a universe of love, history, romance and culture. “Wife” is a magic word to describe her indoors, she who must be obeyed, the missus.

    “My partner” springs from the chronic woke need to not be seen as judgmental. It implies an equality which exists only in left wing theory but nowhere in the real world. It is a horrible phrase uttered by those who are dead inside because it’s a device to keep the reality of human relationships at bay.

    That’s why.

  19. It implies an equality which exists only in left wing theory but nowhere in the real world.

    That’s true. Anyone married knows that the wife is the boss.

  20. hahaha paul good one
    to be fair pete many lesbian couples who marry use the term “wife”
    there’s something good and wholesome about it , yes

  21. Agree re partner. “A bit common” as my dear mother would have said.

    Girlfriend/boyfriend are fine for unmarrieds at any age. In fact, it’s sweet in older couples.

  22. Pete Moore

    “My partner” springs from the chronic woke need to not be seen as judgmental. It implies an equality which exists only in left wing theory but nowhere in the real world. It is a horrible phrase uttered by those who are dead inside because it’s a device to keep the reality of human relationships at bay.

    Or it’s just a phrase used by people like myself because I wasn’t married to my partner and there really isn’t any other suitable term.
    Reading your nasty, untrue diatribe above does make me think you might be dead inside though Pete.

  23. Or it’s just a phrase used by people like myself because I wasn’t married to my partner and there really isn’t any other suitable term.

    Girlfriend? Fiancé?

    Why reject the language which served and enlightened your ancestors so well? You don’t know better than them.

  24. Pete Moore

    Girlfriend? Fiancé?

    Because girlfriend didn’t sound serious enough and she wasn’t my Fiancé until the last year we were together. But that’s beside the point, there’s nothing wrong with the term partner. You may not like it, but it certainly doesn’t mean people who use it are ‘dead inside’. What a ridiculous claim to make.

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