Dating but not boyfriend and girlfriend
It's easy to be someone's boyfriend; we've had boyfriends and girlfriends since middle school.
But a partner is a fresh love phase into adulthood.
The latter certainly sounds more serious and will certainly be taken less lightly in a professional setting than the former.
You can probably already feel the weight of the term partner. For example, company parties often address invitations as “spouses and partners welcome” rather than “spouses and boyfriends/girlfriends welcome.”Think about all those TV shows and movies where the guy rushes to the airport to bid the love of his life farewell or tries to win her back.
At the same time, not everyone we date in our mid-20s is our “soulmate,” and many of us still have our fair share of rebound relationships, one-night stands and other non-serious affairs.
But in general, the mid-to-late 20s shows a dating shift: We're closer to finding “the one,” and anyone we take seriously will, for lack of a better word, be taken seriously.
Despite this lack of growing distance, geographical distance unfortunately exists.
While a boyfriend may give up on you because of distance, a partner will step up his game.
Many times, this confusion doesn't stem from “what are we? ”True, the terms “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” are age-old and synonymous with a committed relationship.
But, what term(s) exist for couples tired of high school monikers and want their label to show the “adultness” of the relationship?
If he's the creative/literary type, he might text you poetry quotes all day and night.
If he's the humorous type, he might text you memes or silly anecdotes.
This is where the term “partner,” short for life partner, comes in.