Contributions to the thesaurus have been made by a number of Contributors during 3 workshops.
Last Friday I was delighted to be a return guest on the Wisconsin Public Radio Show "At Issue with Ben Merens" (audio available here).
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.
This time around, Robert from Coloma expressed dissatisfaction with the words boyfriend and girlfriend, suggesting a new word to cover both: inti-mate.
By the way, opposition to "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" isn't confined to middle-aged partners.
Flipping the word around to pronounce it as the verb form confuses the issue.
PLEASE, don't think that I'm lacking in humor or appreciation of the subject.
There are a ton of different options and none of them seems to work." Jesse Sheidlower, editor at large of the Oxford English Dictionary, agrees. POSSLQ sounds too stupid or bureaucratic." (POSSLQ, if you didn't know, is an acronymic census designation from the late '70s, standing for "Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters.") What do you think? He is also the chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society. Excuse me if I'm off-base or archaic here, but as soon as I saw the lead graf referring to "inti-mate," I had to stop and check my brain.
"People feel a real need for a term that refers to one's romantic partner that does not sound childish," he told USA Today. I always thought that "intimate," as a noun, referred to a person of close personal relationship.Robert is hardly alone in his feeling that boyfriend and girlfriend are inappropriate terms to refer to grown adults in committed relationships.