Thanks. Also, let me clarify that I'm talking about a man and a woman who are not yet married.A couple does not necessarily mean "a married couple." I think this has been discussed before here, but I'm not sure where the thread might be.
Common names are "lovers", "a couple", "partners", "live-ins", I'm sure others will have more suggestions.
I think that is if one is referring to the other. But how do you refer to both of them?:Sinners? Sluts?
I think "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" (depending on who was speaking) is the common phrase.
I have heard: "Significant other" (but not as a way of introduction)
I have heard: "This is Joanne, my dear friend..."
There is also: "My main squeeze"
ffrancis,John is Joanne's boyfriend.
I agree. No one would say "special girlfriend." Maybe it was a typo?
Yes, i agree you can say special; "Special friend" or "Special acquaintance" i was just against the saying "special girlfriend." To me that implies that you have more then one girlfriend but this one is special?!?No, it wasn't a joke or a typo. A gentleman would/could introduce his lady friend as someone special, even if he didn't care enough to marry her.
You may have a point about the use of the term,"girlfriend," but in my decrepit social circle, using the word, "special" is just general enough, yet carries a quality of "beyond your average date" to make it a very socially acceptable way to conduct an introduction.
I'll grant you this:
It probably is Age-sensitive.
(Where's my walker?)