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halbert halbert 46-50, M 6 Answers Jun 22, 2012

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I say it cause we arent married but we are way more serious than girlfriend and boyfriend. If I called him my husband it would be a bit dishonest imo

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I'm the same. Headed that way, but no ring just yet. Little bit hard being in separate hemispheres - we're getting married next year but I don't really call him my fiance or anything. Even though for all intents and purposes I suppose he is.

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I hope your gonna be very happy together :-)

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Like Abbot and Costello? The modern version of partner would be confusing in that situation, wouldn't it?

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Yep. My beef is that the modern version/definition is so ambiguous because the heterosexual couples are using it now and a few years back it was just the homosexual couples. You kinda' had a better idea of what was intended just a couple of years ago.

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It's basically seen as a neutral word and is used to fudge the issues of whether the "partners" are married or co-habiting, whether their relationship has any specific legal basis, and also incidentally what sex each of them is. It implies a more permanent status than 'boyfriend' or 'girlfriend', but I don't think there's any definitive requirement attached to being a "partner".

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All true. But you said it yourself. "is used to fudge the issues". I just wish for a better term.

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Most often I hear it referring to a gay or lesbian couple that have been together for a long time but are not married because they still don't have the right to.

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That's where I'm more used to hearing it. But now heterosexual couples are using it so much that it requires a follow up question. Which may seem rude.

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Better to ask here, on neutral ground, I guess. Most of my unmarried friends who have been dating along just say that they're "together" and don't call their guys boyfriends or anything.

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I believe a partner is simply someones companion in life at the time. Just my opinion though.

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