I think you become "partnered" when you live together and share finances.
Until you've reached the point where you're cleaning up after the fella and hearing him snore every night, you're not partnered in the official sense
When you are serious enough about each other for the word boyfriend or girlfriend to sound just silly and a mega understatement. I wish there was a better word than partner for people in defacto relationships. If I call my other half my husband he gives me dirty looks. He got married once and it didnt work out so now he hates the idea of marriage. We should totally invent a better word. Spin off thread anyone?
share a book (14-06-2012)
DP and I crossed that line when we found out we were expecting a surprise. Mind you I don't call him my partner really, I more call him my other half. Everyone calls him my husband to which one of us will quickly correct. I don't think eitehr of us are at that stage, although we share finances, live together, same goals and have a child. We are probably practically married as it is.
They are a partner when you enter a partnership in life with them. bf/bf is just dating but not sharing a life tong term together
The only ppl IRL who I know who use the term partner are same sex couple or older divorced ppl who have a partner.
I think 'partner' should be used (even though I dislike the word and always correct people when they call my husband my partner) when the boyfriend and girlfriend are adults. I used to always think it was funny when my ex used to refer to his girlfriend as his 'girlfriend' but they were both in their late thirties, sounded a bit juvenile to me.
before that we were friends, who accidentally got drunk one night...
Why do married people say partner and not wife or husband? That gets me..
I thought partner meant adult boyf or girlfriend unmarried.
Even today a girl i was talking to went to say "MY HU" for husband and then changed to partner.. WhYyyyyyy? Someone please explain it (when married)
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