Heard on The Judges: "re-girlfriend" n.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 11 04:17:44 UTC 2008

Curses! Horned again! Must you always publish the findings of your
research?! ;-)


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 7:17 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> At 4:15 PM -0500 11/10/08, Wilson Gray wrote:
>>Late-twenty-ish, white female speaker:
>>"He told me that he wanted to move in with me because he couldn't
>>stand his old girlfriend's - well, _re-girlfriend's_, now - children.
>>The "he" in question, after confidencing the speaker into thinking
>>that he was going to dump his pswaydo-family for her, got her to buy
>>him a newer pickup, so that he would be able to get to work. It turned
>>out that he had been fired from his job and, once that he had the
>>truck, he went back to his old girlfriend and their children.
>>"Re-girlfriend" was a nice effort on the part of the suckered woman to
>>come up with a nonce-term to describe the situation in as few words as
>>possible, IMO.
> I wonder (without checking google) whether "re-wife" and "re-husband"
> already exist, for someone one has remarried.  After checking, I see
> an urbandictionary.com listing for the former.  A bit tricky to check
> because of all the "Re: Wife" etc. sites.
> LH
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