Our ostensible topic was "words of the summer" including skadoosh , of course! Much like what happened when I was on the show last December , conversation turned to perceived "gaps" in the English language that callers thought should be filled with new coinages. This time around, Robert from Coloma expressed dissatisfaction with the words boyfriend and girlfriend , suggesting a new word to cover both: inti-mate. Robert's idea is to take the adjective intimate and pronounce the final syllable as mate. That's actually how the verb form of intimate , meaning "give to understand; imply as a possibility" is pronounced, but no matter. I thought this was a clever suggestion, putting a new spin on old words, but I'm not holding my breath for inti-mate to displace boyfriend and girlfriend any time soon.
Here are the foreign words that other countries use to describe relationships
1 Girlfriend Synonyms - Other Words for Girlfriend
Beyond "Boyfriend" and "Girlfriend"
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