(Closed) Calling your partner your "husband" when you're not married.

posted 5 years ago in Relationships
  • poll: Is calling your partner "husband/wife" when you're not married appropriate?
    Yes : (53 votes)
    15 %
    No : (267 votes)
    75 %
    Other, will explain in comments : (36 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I wouldn’t do it…but I can see how some people might find it reasonable, if they’ve lived together for an extended period of time (I’m talking years…)

    Your facebook friend though…no way. 

    Post # 4
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    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

    Yea, it’s not appropriate, and it drives me up the bloody wall.

    I still call my fh my boyfriend because I find saying ‘fiancé’ sounds snooty, lol, we’ve been together for nearly 8 years, have lived together for most of that and I won’t call him my husband till we’re married because right now, we’re not bloody married.   I realize that piece of paper doesn’t change anything in the relationship, but it does change that you are NOT husband and wife.

     

    Post # 5
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    8042 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @acciotoni:  I know a lady who calls her SO her husband… but they’ve been together for like 25 years so she’s forgiven lol. Not that what I think matters, but IMO unless you’ve been together a VERY long time.. like 10+ yrs it’s just odd to call your bf ‘hubby’. If you want a hubby, get married.

    Post # 6
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    873 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I sometimes call m Fi my husband especially around other Latinos because in our culture it seems that if you have kids together it is expected to refer to them as such. I’ve called him my “boyfriend” before and have gotten corrected.

    I really try not to do it because I feel like it will take away from the specialness of being able to call him that once we’re actually married.

    I know Fi calls me his wife all the time. Especially when talking to his work crew or other people specifically in his circle.

    I think it would depend on people’s relationship terms for me to feel as if they should be calling eachother as such or not. But, at the end of the day, it’s none of our business how other couples refer to eachother.

    Post # 7
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    7489 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    It’s not that it sullies the sacredness of marriage, it’s that it sulllies the whole point of humanity evolving and developing language. Why have words if people can just randomly use them to mean something different from what everyone else in the world means? It’s so silly. Words have meanings. There’s a definition for the word “husband” and it’s different than the definition of the word “boyfriend.”

    Post # 8
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    462 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I respect the terms “husband” and “wife” too much to use them casually, personally. But it’s not my right to tell people what they can call each other. I won’t lie, if they didn’t have a better reason then “We live together and he helps with the kids.” It would probably irritate me a bit. Which I know is silly, but in my opinion a husband is more than what it feels like is being described.

    Post # 9
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    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    There are cases when this is okay, but your fb friend’s is not one of them. For example, my aunt and her partner have been together for like 15 years, have a 7 year old, and live together like a married couple. He, however, does not believe in marriage. My aunt often calls him her husband. it’s kind of the easier way to explain who he is in her life without having to go into detail for a casual introduction.

    Post # 10
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    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I know a few people that do this, but they’ve been together so long that most people probably don’t realize they aren’t married, and I barely even remember that I didn’t go to their wedding. 

    Post # 11
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    The piece of paper does mean something. It means…he’s her husband. Not having it means…he isn’t. It’s a legal distinction.

    Post # 12
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    4963 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I do in situations where I don’t want to explain our living arrangement and impending wedding, or if some creeper is talking to me. 

    Post # 13
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    7489 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    By The Way, I do understand and agree with the concept of common-law marriage. So I don’t have a problem with people saying “husband” and “wife” if they’ve been living as husband and wife for some time, especially if they have kids. But a Boyfriend or Best Friend of a couple months… that’s just silly. I have every right to call my cat a dog or call my car a porpoise, but all that serves to do is confuse people and make me look dumb. 

    Post # 14
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    4049 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I voted “Other” because it depends on the couple. Been together a decade, live together, have kids together, etc.? Basically common law married. But if you haven’t been together long, it seems a little silly. What’s wrong with the term “partner” if you don’t like boyfriend?

    Post # 15
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    30 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Depends on the region and the culture. 

    Fiance is from Hong Kong, and it seems to be the norm there. His whole family refer to his cousin and his live-in girlfriend of 3 years as husband/wife all the time. The first time I heard it I was confused, and asked… “Aren’t they still dating?” They just looked at me like I was nitpicking at technicalities. They treat each other like spouses, so everyone treats them like spouses too. Apparently in their language it’s normal for bf/gf to refer to each other as husband/wife. 

    *shrug*

    I don’t call my Fiance “husband” because we’re not married yet, but for some reason my coworkers refer to him as my husband all the time, even though they’re also aware that we’re not legally married yet. But I don’t bother to correct them anymore because I know who they’re referring to anyway. 

    Post # 16
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    30 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Depends on the region and the culture. 

    Fiance is from Hong Kong, and it seems to be the norm there. His whole family refer to his cousin and his live-in girlfriend of 3 years as husband/wife all the time. The first time I heard it I was confused, and asked… “Aren’t they still dating?” They just looked at me like I was nitpicking at technicalities. They treat each other like spouses, so everyone treats them like spouses too. Apparently in their language it’s normal for bf/gf to refer to each other as husband/wife. 

    *shrug*

    I don’t call my Fiance “husband” because we’re not married yet, but for some reason my coworkers refer to him as my husband all the time, even though they’re also aware that we’re not legally married yet. But I don’t bother to correct them anymore because I know who they’re referring to anyway. 

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