Dad and his partner/bf are thinking of getting married. Any suggestions (funny or serious) of what to call new spouse? The term step-father implies that he married my mom (not so funny to her). If you say "partner" some people think business partner... then spend a while wondering and then imagining. So far, my sister and I have come up with "My step-party A" or "My father's better half." English just hasn't caught up to our family. I still hate using the term "boyfriend" or "girlfriend" for people who are cohabitating - especially for multiple years. Somebody has some suggestions... right?
Bless your soul for worring this point. It is clearly ourt of love and respect. You are right that the language has not caught up with the situation because Gay couples have had to live "beneath the radar" for so long. I read a story not long ago where a man in MA was in the emergency room and had to let the Doctors know that his "friend" was on the way. When he chose to say "my husband will be here soon," all in attendance got it and knew that he had the right to help make decisions about his care. Why not say "my father's husband?" It makes it clear and respects the union.
I love that you posted this question.
Only problem is that people think I have made a verbal mistake. Then I say, "no, i mean my dad's BOYfriend." This is followed by awkward pause (best scenario). Was hoping for a short-cut to the awkward pause.
So far, "my dad's better half" is winning in my mind.... but i am open to suggestions!!!
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