Here’s the Bustle article we reference in the show, featuring 16 people under the age of 40 all answering the same question: What do you call the people you’re with, and why? Partner comes up a lot, as does girlfriend/boyfriend, but you’ve also got some wild cards like main squeeze, life buddy, fancy friend, and the wonderfully straightforward person I like. Take your pick!
Episode #620 of Savage Love, titled “Bad Blood,” includes a monologue from Dan Savage on whether it’s okay for a straight person to use the word partner.
And, finally, we’re pleased to share the full text of CBS commentator Charles Osgoode’s poem about POSSLQs (Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters) — a truly great contribution to the American poetry canon:
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands and crystal brooks
With silken lines, and silver hooks.
There's nothing that I wouldn't do
If you would be my POSSLQ.
You live with me, and I with you,
And you will be my POSSLQ.
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I'll be your friend and so much more;
That's what a POSSLQ is for.
And everything we will confess;
Yes, even to the IRS.
Some day on what we both may earn,
Perhaps we'll file a joint return.
You'll share my pad, my taxes, joint;
You'll share my life — up to a point!
And that you'll be so glad to do,
Because you'll be my POSSLQ.
Thanks for listening!