"mot·ley" - Pronunciation Key - [mot-lee]
–ADJECTIVE: 1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous: a motley crowd. 2. being of different colors combined; 3. wearing a parti-colored garment: a motley fool.
–NOUN: 1. a combination of different colors. 5. a parti-colored effect. 6. the parti-colored garment of a jester. 7. a heterogeneous assemblage. 8. a medley.

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Things I Hate: The Word "Partner"


I hate the word "partner" when used in the context of "domestic partner." It is a word that, like "gay," once had a perfectly legitimate usage, but has been bastardized and co-opted to serve the perverted agenda of the sexually immoral. When I hear the word "partner," I don't know whether the person who spoke it is referring to someone with whom he* is in business, or someone with whom he* is in bed, or both.

I'm okay (in the sense of linguistic honesty) if someone wants to say "This is my sex partner," not okay if they say "This is my partner" and expect that designation to legitimize, in my eyes, an immoral relationship. It does not. Never. Ever.

From now on, when someone uses the word "partner" in my presence and it is obvious that he* means "domestic partner," I am going to help that person out by putting it in proper context.  I am going to ask, "Oh, do you mean "partner" in the sense of two people who are engaged in a business relationship, or in the sense of two people who are actively engaged in sexual sin?"

Let's take our language back. Let's call a spade a spade. There are plenty of legitimate words and phrases that can be used to describe two people who are having sex outside the bounds of marriage as defined by God. "Partner" is not one of them. ##

*I also use "he" in its proper and intended sense of referring to both genders, thank you very much.

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