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The term "girlfriend" for people above a certain age has always bothered me. I feel once you hit some certain age between 30 and 40, there should be a new term. "Partner" has sexual orientation implications and "lover" is creepy sounding. Since "consort" is scarcely used, we should define it down to unmarried romantic partner of an adult.
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ladyfriend.
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I also like "companion", although the Firefly fans will be reading all sorts of stuff into that.
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I've been using significant-other (or simply SO) for years.
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I'll go with 'playtoy'. It can be used for partners of either sex.
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I do like "playtoy."

Other suggestions (re-jigger for different genders as you will, if needed):

- Coital associate

- Inti-MateTM

- Pleasure woman

- Bicker-babe

- Chore-reminder

- Illegitimate rapist
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I once went with "she's my 'if it were your business you'd already know,'" but I can see how that might be confrontational.
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Escort.
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I need a word for that thing that happens when you're writing something, and you know there's a perfect word for what you're thinking, but all you can think of is a synonym that's partly right but doesn't have quite the right connotation that you need for the sentence to really work, so you have to dive for a thesaurus.
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Shem wrote:I need a word for that thing that happens when you're writing something, and you know there's a perfect word for what you're thinking, but all you can think of is a synonym that's partly right but doesn't have quite the right connotation that you need for the sentence to really work, so you have to dive for a thesaurus.
YES. There needs to be a word for this. Get on this, English language.
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synonigh
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Ellie wrote:
Shem wrote:I need a word for that thing that happens when you're writing something, and you know there's a perfect word for what you're thinking, but all you can think of is a synonym that's partly right but doesn't have quite the right connotation that you need for the sentence to really work, so you have to dive for a thesaurus.
YES. There needs to be a word for this. Get on this, English language.
I call that 'writing'. It happens at least once every hundred words or so with me. If I find it in the thesaurus (dictionary.com still my favorite) I don't even take notice. It's when my synonym isn't good enough to cough up the word and I have to click through a series of 'maybe a little closer words' and failing that, give reverse dictionary a try (always a hail mary). Increasingly, I have to sleep on it before it comes to me. Zog I'm getting old.
Mo wrote:synonigh
synonaught? synonil. A little better maybe?
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Shem wrote:I need a word for that thing that happens when you're writing something, and you know there's a perfect word for what you're thinking, but all you can think of is a synonym that's partly right but doesn't have quite the right connotation that you need for the sentence to really work, so you have to dive for a thesaurus.
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The time after the sun sets, but when it is still somewhat light out is called twilight, or the gloaming. However, the other day I realized that there doesn't seem to be an equivalent work for the time just before sunrise when the sky begins to lighten until the sun actually breaks the horizon. Dawn refers, as far as I know, to sunrise, or perhaps a few minutes before. I'm thinking of the half hour to an hour before that.
That is, btw, my favorite time of day. It's unfortunate that you have to get up so damn early to experience it.
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Pretty sure I've heard that called "predawn." As unpoetic as that is.
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It's also called twilight. You can also use daybreak.
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Number 6 wrote:The time after the sun sets, but when it is still somewhat light out is called twilight, or the gloaming. However, the other day I realized that there doesn't seem to be an equivalent work for the time just before sunrise when the sky begins to lighten until the sun actually breaks the horizon. Dawn refers, as far as I know, to sunrise, or perhaps a few minutes before. I'm thinking of the half hour to an hour before that.
That is, btw, my favorite time of day. It's unfortunate that you have to get up so damn early to experience it.
I thought gloaming worked for both.
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Number 6 wrote:The time after the sun sets, but when it is still somewhat light out is called twilight, or the gloaming. However, the other day I realized that there doesn't seem to be an equivalent work for the time just before sunrise when the sky begins to lighten until the sun actually breaks the horizon. Dawn refers, as far as I know, to sunrise, or perhaps a few minutes before. I'm thinking of the half hour to an hour before that.
That is, btw, my favorite time of day. It's unfortunate that you have to get up so damn early to experience it.
False dawn?
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When you're a woman it's hard to say something about your "diet" and make it clear you just mean "set of foods I eat" and not "thing I'm doing right now to try to reduce my body mass." And I'm too lazy to try to take it back. Is there another word or phrase I could use instead of "diet"?
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Ellie wrote:When you're a woman it's hard to say something about your "diet" and make it clear you just mean "set of foods I eat" and not "thing I'm doing right now to try to reduce my body mass." And I'm too lazy to try to take it back. Is there another word or phrase I could use instead of "diet"?
Instead of "temporary weight loss diet" you could use "bad idea."
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Fin Fang Foom wrote:
Ellie wrote:When you're a woman it's hard to say something about your "diet" and make it clear you just mean "set of foods I eat" and not "thing I'm doing right now to try to reduce my body mass." And I'm too lazy to try to take it back. Is there another word or phrase I could use instead of "diet"?
Instead of "temporary weight loss diet" you could use "bad idea."
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I use "try to eat X, try to avoid Y" or "I'm mostly into Z these days" to make it less formal.
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When people ask me what I'm eating right now I say "mpgh mmprhf gumpf mrrr." When people start talking about what they eat/avoid eating/can't believe what people eat I walk away and look for more interesting conversations.
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"I'm hoping following this [diet] will help even out my moods"
"I hope my [diet] isn't what's causing my stomachache"
"It's nice going to dinner and having something to eat that works with my [diet]"
"I hope I end up using less basal insulin if I change my [diet]"
"I need to find more snack foods that fit my [diet]"
"I would never choose a [diet] without brie"

Stuff like that. I needs a word. One that more clearly conveys "I'm just talking about noms, and the size of my ass has nothing to do with this."
Hugh Akston wrote:When people start talking about what they eat/avoid eating/can't believe what people eat I walk away and look for more interesting conversations.
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I don't know of a single word meaning that, but maybe a compound word? I dunno -- restricted diet? [Granted, any "trying to lose weight" diet counts as restricted.] Therapeutic diet?

This is tough.
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