"People feel a real need for a term that refers to one's romantic partner that does not sound childish," says Jesse Sheidlower of Manhattan, editor at large of the Oxford English Dictionary. More than 30 million live alone, making up 27% of all households; that's up from 17% of all households in 1970. One member of a couple is alone after a spouse dies. 'POSSLQ' sounds too stupid or bureaucratic." (POSSLQ, an acronym for "Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters," was used in the late 1970s by the U. Census.) According to the most recent Census data, 42% of U. residents — about 92 million Americans ages 18 and older — are unmarried.Online, I’d decided not to update my profile photos (the debate with my girlfriends as to whether this is deceptive or not still rages to this day), although clearly the issue was still on my mind. On my first post-brace date with a dreamy artist named David, I spent the whole hour (yes, it only lasted that long) elaborately trying to avoid showing my teeth at all costs and generally unable to accept that my mouth was still attached to my face. Me: *incoherent muffled response* David: Errr so, do you want to get something to eat? But no matter how prepared I try to be, nothing can protect a girl from a stray spinach leaf.After finally receiving a message that was slightly more engaging than ‘Hey bby grl, wanna cum over? Me: *shakes head vigorously* I mean, I know some people like the quiet type, but even I wouldn’t have given me longer than 20 minutes. If there’s one thing less attractive than a girl with braces, it’s a girl who looks absolutely gutted about having them. All was going well on a romantic rendezvous in a Soho restaurant until I started noticing that my date’s lusty gaze had turned into a slightly awkward squint.From the inevitable ‘there is an entire burger stuck in your teeth’ moment to the brace fetishists who dig ‘a mouth full of custom engineering’, I’ve learnt a lot of valuable lessons about readapting to the dating game with, let’s say, limited oral capabilities.On top of basically feeling like someone was continually pulling all of my teeth out, the emotional impact of my first few weeks with braces was pretty rough – especially when I started thinking about dating. And so, I stopped staring at my teeth in the mirror on an hourly basis and decided to get over it. My ‘hot date essentials kit’ has now expanded from a clean pair of knickers to a clean pair of knickers and an entire bag of bizarre dental contraptions.), but once we started taking calls from listeners, the floor was open to any topic of interest to word-savvy Wisconsinites.
And the number of unmarried opposite-sex couples who live together has also increased to 5 million cohabiting households. People who might not have been on the sexual marketplace years ago now find themselves in it or choosing not to go into it," Zwicky says."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.Because if so, I need to have a sit down with my vagina.”The continued emphasis on sexual quantity over quality for committed couples is the reason that women like Christine, 26, are self-conscious about the frequency of sex in their perfectly happy relationships.“When I've discussed my frequency with friends who are having sex more frequently than I am, I have felt pitied (in the nicest way possible).”When she and her boyfriend moved in together three years ago, they went from having sex every night to once a week, occasionally twice.(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.