From dating to boyfriend girlfriend
), but once we started taking calls from listeners, the floor was open to any topic of interest to word-savvy Wisconsinites.
Much like what happened when I was on the show last December, conversation turned to perceived "gaps" in the English language that callers thought should be filled with new coinages.
Last Friday I was delighted to be a return guest on the Wisconsin Public Radio Show "At Issue with Ben Merens" (audio available here).
Our ostensible topic was "words of the summer" (including skadoosh, of course!
One caller suggested paramour, but that's old-fashioned. Boyfriend and girlfriend seem inappropriate unless you're a teenager. In addition to his regular "Word Routes" column here, he contributes to the group weblog Language Log.
We have 250 units, mostly singly occupied and about a dozen of the 40 or so with couples are unmarried.So when in doubt smile and use whatever word you want.You will be thought of as an enigma or idiot, but it doesn't really matter. There's an angle here that has not really been discussed.In our age bracket such alliances are often financially driven, but that doesn't alter the situation.Works for me, but pronouncing "intimate" like the verb form is both confusing and tin-eared.