Significant other?

I was listening in to an interview with a hollywood actress. She was babbling on about all kinds of things but then the conversation turned to her significant other. What struck be as odd was the term. I have many in my life I would call significant, my parents, sister and brother. My children, pets and even some others who have been significant in my life. This sounds like the most non-committed term for what ever person you are living with or married to or what ever else arrangement you have. No wonder these arrangements don’t last, if they are only significant and not vital or some other word that means you are committed then your plan is to make changes as soon as they are no longer significant. Why not call it what it is, who you are with today. I don’t think those who are married are always making the right choices either but at least the term marriage does imply more than just significant!

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