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  • Re "girlfriend", I'd give the Times a pass since there seems to be no totally satisfactory alternative: "partner" is IMO simply misusage of a word with well-established meaning; companion sounds like an escort; "posslq" was awkward, too narrowly applicable, and for whatever reasons didn't fly.

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  • Andre the Giant has a POSSLQ?

    November 8, 2007

  • Good grief, I remember this term! It always puts me in mind of this poem:

    There's nothing that I wouldn't do
    If you would be my POSSLQ
    You live with me and I with you,
    And you will be my POSSLQ.
    I'll be your friend and so much more;
    That's what a POSSLQ is for.

    -- Charles Osgood

    PSSSLQs have had this naming problem for quite a long while too. ;-)

    November 8, 2007

  • OK, this one, being all acronym, does need to be capitalized: POSSLQ was coined by the US Census Bureau to denote "Persons of the Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters". Doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, does it? "Meet James, my current POSSLQ" isn't exactly the catchiest phrase. Other options? Partner? Significant other? Lover? Boy/girlfriend? Galpal? Guypal? Boytoy?

    November 8, 2007