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(That's actually how the verb form of intimate, meaning "give to understand; imply as a possibility" is pronounced, but no matter.) I thought this was a clever suggestion, putting a new spin on old words, but I'm not holding my breath for inti-mate to displace boyfriend and girlfriend any time soon.
I don't know." A 2005 study of 115 people ages 21 to 35 who were either cohabiting or had lived with a romantic partner notes that the lack of proper terms often leads to awkward situations, such as someone upset over not being introduced in social situations to avoid the question.
"Our findings suggest that cohabitors frequently refer to their partners as girlfriend/boyfriend or fiancé, although there appears to be no universally accepted term or language. At times, the lack of a term can create conflict and problems," the study says.
It was written by Wendy Manning of Bowling Green State University and Pamela Smock of the University of Michigan and was published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.
The prospect of wearing train tracks seemed bad enough when I was a teenager.
After all, no one wants to have their first snog with someone whose mouth closely resembles a cheese grater.