Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Sun Apr 10 15:14:38 UTC 2005

My brother, who's 74, refers to his 60-ish lady friend as "my
friend."  Yeah, right.

At 02:05 AM 4/10/2005 -0700, Margaret Lee wrote:
>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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