Oh dear :? , it seems there’s little place for terms of endearment. I guess I’ll have to be more careful.
If my use of the term “the GF” has raised anyone’s ire, then there’s a strong likelihood that the term “my GF” might offend others, as it seems to claim more ownership of a person. Now, if I was to be a little more p.c, perhaps I would refer to my girlfriend as “one’s partner”, as it gives no reference to gender and carries no ownership (thereby avoiding discrimination).
Sure, I was being a bit blokey when I wrote the term “the GF”. It’s a commonly used term in Australia that carries no offensive reference, and most Aussie blokes at times need to be blokey. In the general context of the story I’d written, it seemed (and still seems) like no big deal. Besides, my GF is her own person; she’s not at all bothered by the reference, which is the important thing. And, to appease those who might actually give a rat’s rectum about this thread, when talking with others, I generally use the term “my GF”…
So, if someone wants to claim that a commonly accepted term from one country could somehow be construed as being a little off-colour in their home country, then it perhaps indicates their own lack of cultural understanding, rather than my sexist bias, especially when put in context of reading the claim on an “international” forum.
Also, isn’t the term “my old man” more often used as a reference by a man to his father?
The Big Babou.