[Ads-l] throuple

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 20 18:17:47 UTC 2021

Interesting find! 

This redirects to ménage à trois on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9nage_%C3%A0_trois <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9nage_%C3%A0_trois>) where it is noted as being a contemporary version of the arrangement.

Wikipedia cites the 2016 “Throuple Relationships Vs Threesomes Explained…” by Rachel Moss (https://tinyurl.com/zxuu7d8 <https://tinyurl.com/zxuu7d8>).

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/throuple <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/throuple>) has this and “throupling”, but Webster-Merriam and the OED do not have either.

The earliest cites I found on Google are from 2009:

https://tinyurl.com/2v4n9kss <https://tinyurl.com/2v4n9kss>
Charlotte ‘throuple’ on MTV doc
15 Sept 2009

https://tinyurl.com/atsms5sk <https://tinyurl.com/atsms5sk>
Is This Throuple Destined For Happiness? Or Is a 3-Way Relationship Doomed?
16 Sept 2009

Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 20 Mar 2021, at 10:56, Mark Mandel <markamandel at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Gay Throuple Who Made History Say Being A Three-Person Unit Makes Parenting
> Easier
> https://www.ladbible.com/community/interesting-gay-throuple-who-made-history-say-being-a-three-makes-things-easier-20210319
> A gay 'throuple' who made history after putting all three of their names on
> their child's birth certificate
> <https://www.ladbible.com/community/interesting-men-become-first-throuple-with-three-dads-put-on-birth-certificate-20210217>
> have
> said being a three-parent unit makes things easier.
> Ian Jenkins, Alan Mayfield, and Jeremy Allen Hodges, from San Diego in the
> US, launched and won a legal bid to get all of their name's put on their
> daughter Pippa's birth certificate back in 2017.
> The throuple are now proud parents to Pippa, three, and Parker who is
> almost one.

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