The Winter/Holiday/Consumption Season is in full swing: ‘Tis the time to Partay. Whether you are going to the now-cliché, Clichéd and Tacky Christmas Sweater Party or the “We’re So Lefty But We Can Make Fun of Kwanzaa Anyways” Party, you’ll have to meet the “Significant Others” of your friends, family, and that co-worker whose name you can never remember. And, if your house-mates still haven’t let you get a dog, you might even have a Worse Half of your own in tow.
For somewhat obvious reasons, I find the whole “girlfriend”/”boyfriend” thing a little silly, but I also find the word “partner” annoying and confusing. When I’m introduced to someone’s “partner” I often don’t know if they mean “business partner” or “sexual partner”. I also find it a little sterile. I realize there are plenty of reasons to like the word “partner”– but I just can’t bring myself to say it. Its more a matter of taste than politics. I’ve consulted Thesaurus.com but my Confederate and I just can’t find a term we both agree on.
How do you introduce your Bedfellow? Other Sidekicks you’ve had? What was the best/funniest/most syllabic term for S.O. you’ve ever heard? If you wanted to make the worst impression possible, what term would you use?