|The language of love|
Mojca Belak from Slovenia asks:
How old can a boyfriend/girlfriend be?
A friend who is 50 recently sent me an email gladly informing me that he now has a girlfriend. In Slovenian this sounds really funny. Which could be the alternatives ?if there are any? ‘Partner?didn't seem to be accepted, so what DO you say for somebody who is not in his/her teens or twenties any longer and is in a relationship, but they are not married?
don't have very much choice in the matter, Mojca. ‘Boyfriend/girlfriend?
and ‘partner?are the words that we normally use to describe somebody
who is in a sexual relationship. Although boyfriends and girlfriends
are often associated with teenager years, as in:
is perhaps the preferred term to describe the person you are living
with on a more permanent basis, but are not married to:
'partner' can sound rather formal because partnerships, of course,
are not only of a sexual nature. If you play a game against another
pair of people, or dance then you would do so with a ‘partner? Consider