SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Increasingly Significant Issue
lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Thu Apr 11 09:52:31 UTC 2002
--On Wednesday, April 10, 2002 7:27 pm -0400 "Joanne M. Despres"
<jdespres at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM> wrote:
> It seems to me that "partner" (less formal) and "domestic partner"
> (more formal) are the terms of choice for gays, lesbians, and
> bisexuals. I'm not usually the first to catch on to newer trends,
> though -- maybe others have a different impression. To my ears,
> those terms sound more to the point and less euphemistically
> vague than "companion" and less klutzily p.c. than "significant
In the UK, 'partner' is the term of choice regardless of sexual
orientation. It's used without blinking all the time.
Dr M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH
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