Reader's Digest - - Etiquette -

You’re over 30 and have been with the same guy for three years, but you are not mar­ried. Call­ing him your boyfriend seems child­ish. Sig­nif­i­cant other is a eu­phemistic mouth­ful. Part­ner sounds as if you’re in busi­ness to­gether, and lover seems too steamy. How do you in­tro­duce him? Along sim­i­lar lines, how do you in­tro­duce your ex-hus­band? Or his sis­ter, who is still your friend, or his bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren with his new wife?

Sim­ple. In­tro­duce the per­son by name. “Deb­bie, I’d like you to meet Ian. Ian, this is Deb­bie.” As the con­ver­sa­tion pro­gresses, the sub­ject of how you know each other may come up nat­u­rally. You can de­cide then how much to dis­close. Most peo­ple you meet will not need to know—nor will they even be that in­ter­ested in— your fam­ily his­tory and dra­mas.

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