Top 10 Alternatives To The Word "Boyfriend"

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"Boyfriend" sounds so high school. But what DO you call the guy you're seeing? Ten alternatives.

Dating in high school is dramatic: He kissed her? I thought he liked me! Will he tell all his friends if we go to second base? If I ask him to the dance, does that mean we're dating? And if we're dating, is he my boyfriend?

As an adult you're more mature, but grown-up dating is fraught with it's own challenges: Why hasn't he called me back? When do I introduce him to my kids? When do we go from friend-with-benefits to dating? And if we're dating, is he my boyfriend? OK, maybe it's not so different from high school, after all.

 

One question certainly remains the same: what do you call the guy you've been seeing for the past few weeks? It's a question of status, but as an adult, it's also a question of word choice. Because, as Big asked Carrie in the Sex and the City movie, when you're both adults, isn't he a little old to be your boyfriend? It sounds so, well, high school. Poll: What Do You Call Your Boyfriend?

In the spirit of maturation, YourTango has come up with 10 alternate names to call your man. Try these on for size.

Partner
The Good: There's no doubt that everyone's equal in this relationship.
The Bad: Are you dating or starting up a limited liability company?

Lover
The Good: It's sophisticated, it leaves nothing to the imagination and can we say sexxxy?
The Bad: We've got four words for you: "Granny, meet my lover…"

Paramour
The Good: It's French, and they seem to know little bit about how to make love last (hello, kisses).
The Bad: Trying to explain to your family this doesn't mean he has a wife and 2.5 kids at home.
 

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