I'll tell you what spouse is good for. When someone's making flyers that say "Professors and their wives are welcome"? That's what the word SPOUSE is for. It's for non-gender-specificity, so that you don't automatically exclude, and thereby offend, half the population. So, I don't mind the word so much.
Besides, if you say it with an explosive SP, and a sort of low-voiced growl of an OU, it's pretty funny.
Yes, ptrobably right. I've just comprehended that I've always had a challenge with the word 'wife'. I just don't really like it. To me it just doesn't say what I want it to. So I avoid it. I refer to my Gianetta as my 'bride'. And we're 18 this year. A word so much more pleasing to me. And to most everyone else from the responses I get. Once a bride, always a bride. So much more evocative. 'spose I'm just a hopeless romantic. Can I say all this on Wordie?