This may be an odd question, but what word do others use to introduce their long term cohabiting partner? Feels weird to say girlfriend/boyfriend when we’re both over 45

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I would probably say "This is my better half" which is understood as spouse without explicitly saying it when technically it is not true. For all intents and purposes it is the same thing in this case of I understood you correctly.

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Wife, or supreme leader

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SO (significant other)?

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I just say partner. We’re WAY too old for boyfriend / girlfriend

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I say SO. Partner usually implies gay.

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Can’t you just say this is [insert name here]? Labels aren’t necessary are they?

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How about "this is my lover"?

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Lover is TMI, haha

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I’m not looking for an interested woman 😆
I’m a female happy with my man

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Bae

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I use partner even though I’m actually married to him, we are gay, so it is less shocking to some people that I say partner. But I have seen straight couples also using partner.

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Partner

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How about just referring to the person by name vs role - and if asked say “the person I’m seeing / dating"

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Bae bae bae

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Well “fuck buddy” seems to work

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Well we are not married so wife/husband/spouse doesn’t apply

A2 - well seeing/dating is one thing. Living together in a long term relationship is another. We’ve both been married before and we are content to live together in a committed relationship without going through the formality of marriage. So we are more than “dating”, but also not married.

Exactly OP, as soon as we own common property we’re not “seeing / dating” any more in my book

This is my person. This is my life partner. This is my love

M2 - thanks! That is something that will work and doesn’t sound awkward to me

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