You can say boyfriend and girlfriend, but you're not 13 and it doesn't really fit.
You can say significant other, but there's no love in that. Or is it time for a brand-new word to enter the picture, like inti-mate? He has worked as editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press and as a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary.
My sweetheart As far as you’re concerned, every part of your sweetheart’s anatomy is sweet.
My arm candy I get it, but then again, I don’t get it.
My Yoko For the record, John and Paul had their own differences and she had virtually nothing to do with it. My better half I appreciate the somewhat medically alarming suggestion that we are physically conjoined to our better halves.
This time around, Robert from Coloma expressed dissatisfaction with the words boyfriend and girlfriend, suggesting a new word to cover both: inti-mate.
Robert's idea is to take the adjective intimate and pronounce the final syllable as mate.
If you need less than "love", you may say "mutual affection".
(affection is a feeling of liking and caring for someone).October 19, 2017#We Advocate: Charities on the Hill ............................................................................ As indicated by @Andrew Leach - a "platonic relationship" seems to be the best fit, refering to love without sex.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.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. My old man / my old lady To avoid incurring your old man or old lady’s wrath, it’s probably best to use this one while you’re both still really, really young.