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    • Join Date: Aug 2005
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    Looking for an accurate expression (department: Romance)

    What is the colloquial term for the stage a couple goes through once the initial excitement of the relationship begins to wear off, minor irritations occur, and they see a need to start adjusting to each other's differences to maintain harmony?

    I have it narrowed down to these two, but I'm not sure if they are correct:

    They’ve reached the stage where they are rubbing each other’s corners off.
    They've reached the stage where they’re filing down each other’s rough edges.


    Do either of these ring a bell? (I mean grammatically speaking, I'm not prying)!

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    Re: Looking for an accurate expression (department: Romance)

    No they sound too crude and raw . The first flush of excitement THEN friendship Then sometimes HABITUAL
    I know what you mean as when you see "warts and all ", the excitement has gone , routine and familiarity takes over.
    I woud use the word FAMILIAR or TOO familiar with each other .
    When getting to know one another I would say adjusting to one another or "testing compatibility" or testing the water
    Last edited by Mags; 02-Sep-2005 at 01:59. Reason: sp elling

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    Re: Looking for an accurate expression (department: Romance)

    It can be also said that people learn to smooth things over, or start seeking for harmony in realtionships.


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    Re: Looking for an accurate expression (department: Romance)

    I think smooth things over would be more descriptive of settling an argument. Although smoothen things out might be on the right track.

    Jeez, I knew this would be a tough one to pinpoint.

    Thanks for your suggestion.

    Bill

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    #5

    Re: Looking for an accurate expression (department: Romance)

    What about?

    They've reached the end of the honeymoon stage.

  4. #6

    Re: Looking for an accurate expression (department: Romance)

    Nice replies What about we should really talk about this (whatever the problem may be)

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