Margaret Lee mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Apr 10 09:05:33 UTC 2005

In the African American community, "friend" has long been used to refer to the boyfriend of an older woman. My cousin (in her fifties) introduces her boyfriend as "my friend."

"Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU> wrote:

"longtime companion" strikes me as more recent, and mostly used for a
homosexual partner -- what was referred to in my younger days as
someone's "uh, friend".

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