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Friday, September 08, 2006


partner [pahrt-ner] -noun

a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate.

2. in New Zealand, a term often substituted for 'significant other' or 'boyfriend', to describe another person of romantic interest

3. a unique special stratum in a New Zealand romantic relationship, occupying a slot above boyfriend or girlfriend, but somewhere just below fiance or fiancee

In New Zealand, marriages aren't as common as in other countries, possibly giving rise to this interesting twist on a committed male-female relationship.

Brandon has encountered many fine-looking women so far in New Zealand, yet a disproportionately high number of them seem to have a 'partner', a term he is learning to loathe.


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