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Old 05-25-2018, 11:32 AM   #41
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It's definitely getting more frequent and it's getting confusing. I was watching the news and the anchor was telling a story about "her partner" and given the material, I literally couldn't decipher if she meant a business partner or her spouse/significant other
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Old 05-25-2018, 12:12 PM   #42
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I just figured this was used by people in long term relationships (unmarried) who feel a little old to be saying 'boyfriend or girlfriend' (or they are living together so it differentiates from just dating?) Often here they also refer to 'the other half' not sure I'd like to be referred to as half a person (course it's not meant that way)
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:45 PM   #43
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Yeah this is definitely a new thing. Usually people would say, "The person with whom I am dating," or "My boyfriend/girlfriend" or "My significant other."

Seeing people say "my partner" doesn't always mean romantic partner. It can mean business partner, or even just a friend. This new terminology is weird.
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:57 PM   #44
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I dunno, often people also say 'business partner' I've not known anyone refer to a friend that way but maybe you know some who have? It's become common, yeah it was already being used in other ways (business, police for eg) but I don't really have an issue with it.

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Old 05-29-2018, 08:22 AM   #45
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IDK. One of the girls I was with would rather we call each other lovers or partners, cause she felt the boyfriend/girlfriend thing sounded to childish. And this was like.. early 2000s. Anyone else I've been with never had a problem with boyfriend/girlfriend.
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:00 PM   #46
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"My partner" might sound good in the English language but not in my language. When people say "partner" here they're usually referring to someone they collaborate with or... refer to their sex partner. Never hear anyone using it as a replacement for "boyfriend/girlfriend".

Although, I suppose two people in their 40s calling each other boyfriend/girlfriend would sound a bit childish, but I'm pretty sure many people in that age bracket use that term here still.

I'm 27 years old. I'd just say "my girlfriend" if I had one. A pretty self-explanatory label.
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:11 PM   #47
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I guess it's because 30+ year olds who are dating new people don't want to call someone, "my girlfriend/boyfriend" when they're both adults.

Sounds weird if a 45 year old man was calling his 38 year old lover, "his girlfriend." Makes him sound like a pedophile.
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:00 PM   #48
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Not really. Boy/girlfriend as a teem used by adults has been around for decades, why would it sound weird now? Even older people have used it that way since- well, as long as it's been around.
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Old 05-29-2018, 07:20 PM   #49
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I guess it's because 30+ year olds who are dating new people don't want to call someone, "my girlfriend/boyfriend" when they're both adults.

Sounds weird if a 45 year old man was calling his 38 year old lover, "his girlfriend." Makes him sound like a pedophile.
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Old 05-29-2018, 09:39 PM   #50
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:22 AM   #51
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She probably calls Woody "daddy".
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