Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin data, feminine past participle of dare ‘give’; from the Latin formula used in dating letters, data (epistola) ‘(letter) given or delivered’, to record a particular time or place.
"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.The English language is a strange, beautiful thing — why limit yourself to “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” when talking to a third party about your, well, boyfriend or girlfriend? My SO If the only thing you love more than your SO is abbrevs. Makes it easy to transition into running a law firm together, though. The missus / the mister Best used to refer to someone who isn’t technically your wife or your husband, because irony. My special someone Also how your grandmother might address you in a greeting card. My gentleman caller How very be confused with one’s special lady, at least according to the Dude. My soulmate The verbal equivalent of staring longingly into each other’s eyes for upwards of one minute in public. My lover The verbal equivalent of loudly making out for upwards of one minute in public. My main squeeze Physically squeezing your main squeeze is not necessarily recommended. How about connecting with another person, without all of our current distractions? In other words, turn the i Phone, i Pad or Android off. "Now, it's an issue for a lot of people." Lynn Bartholome knows this question firsthand.