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    Hasta Siempre Madrigal's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by NedLudd View Post

    In Spanish, is pareja/o or compañero/a used for partner? Compañera sounds to me more like a coworker than partner.
    Both are used. Socialists use compañero/a though.
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    Heh. We've been here years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post
    Okay... but "Significant other" sounds horrific--and I've only ever heard gay people use it. I thought it was a term to obfuscate homosexuality by leaving gender indeterminate.
    Must be regional. Gay people tend to use partner in my experience. Straight people around me use SO occasionally, but it's kind of tongue in cheek, like they are admitting they don't know a good term for their pseudo spouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senseye View Post
    Must be regional. Gay people tend to use partner in my experience. Straight people around me use SO occasionally, but it's kind of tongue in cheek, like they are admitting they don't know a good term for their pseudo spouse.
    This. Partner is more associated with homosexuality in my experience. Significant other is a mouthful, but it's the most accurate.

    I also occasionally use complication, tongue in cheek, and I'm growing increasingly find of "my man". In casual conversation I most often refer to him as my boyfriend. It sounds a bit juvenile, but I deliberately don't want to pretend that we're married or about to get married.

    I'll be happy if a new term that doesn't sound stupid or overly technical or foreign comes into vogue.

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    I'm also not opposed to fiancé. I've seen it used in the traditional sense of "actively planning or about to plan a wedding" but I've also seen it used, particularly among the lower classes, to mean "this is a person I am committed to and have a family with and some day, years from now, if we've reached a higher level of economic stability and our funds permit it and if we still have the same commitment to each other and feel so inclined, yes, it would be nice to get married; we would like that."

    That also fits my situation fairly well, but if I used it that way it would be confusing, given my socio-economic class.

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    When a show, movie, or book lists off the year of a wine and it's younger than me, I think, "Why bother?"
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