On changing names - about as OT as you can get

hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Wed Mar 12 02:16:37 EST 2003

> I wish more people would use the convention of speaking of their
> SOs/spouses/whatever as their "partner." It's so wonderfully inclusive &
> doesn't assume marriage status or sexuality (although at this stage,
> people tend to assume the latter if you use it--me being bisexual throws
> them off even more *g*). And then you don't have to worry about getting it
> wrong.

I've used this sometimes, though even this can get ambiguous if you run a small business or play tennis doubles. I'm tempted to blame the inherent imprecision of the English language (which at other times I laud) but I suspect in this case it's just reflecting society's uncertainties and embarrassments right back at it: people just feel queasy about the institution of marriage itself.


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