You say boyfriend, I say . . .

I have a word dilemma. And being one who likes to write, a word dilemma is quite bothersome. In today’s society we have endless labels and nicknames for everything. ‘Man-bag’, ‘Gold Digger’, ‘She-Male’, ‘Fashionista’, ‘Cougar’, the list goes on. (Although my personal favorite is ‘Mandals’ = man sandals. hehe)

Anyway, I am at a loss as to how to assign a label to one of the most important areas in my life: my man. Those who know me know my love is older than I, and me being out of my twenties now, I’m no spring chicken myself. We are not married and so we seem to be stuck with the ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend’ labels. Well, I’m sorry but ‘boyfriend’ does not begin to cover the depths of what this person is to me. Further, we live together, have made a life together, and you know – it’s serious! So what does one call their love when we are past the high-school sounding ‘boyfriend’ stage? And I must say, I’m not particularly a fan of labels for the people in our lives, but it seems that you always come across it in everyday conversation and end up needing to assign one.

So I ask you – what are some other words instead of boyfriend that make sense for this stage in life?

Article by Katie Matthews

4 replies added

  1. The Morris Family May 13, 2010 Reply

    This is so SITC…I feel like I am reading Carrie's column! HEHE. You know my input on this one!

  2. Anonymous May 14, 2010 Reply

    You are making it to complicated. Have fun with it and use words like

    My man
    My lover
    My honey
    My sugar lips
    My kelbasa

  3. Susan May 15, 2010 Reply

    a) sig. other is a good term…b) kelbasa is a delicious! polish sausage and sauerkraut dish 😉

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