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    stay-at-home husbands.

    Is "stay-at-home husband" same as house-husband who replaces the role of house-wife who's only engaged in housework such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc?

    ex)Traditionally, men were the money earners in families, while women took care of the housework and brought up children. ....Now the wages of these working women are beginning to rise steadily. In fact, the woman earns more than the man in nearly a third of American households with two working parents....According to experts, this trend is partially due to the growth of American's acceptance of stay-at-home husbands. These men play an essentail family role formerly limited to women.

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    Re: stay-at-home husbands.

    Quite possibly. The user might be trying to avoid the loathsome 'h....h.......' word, with which I refuse to soil my computer screen.

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    Re: stay-at-home husbands.

    Yes. "Stay-at-home mom" is a common term. "Housewife" is not considered politically correct.

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    Re: stay-at-home husbands.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes. "Stay-at-home mom" is a common term. "Housewife" is not considered politically correct.
    May I ask what the common term in the US is for someone who does not work but has no children? Stay-at-home wife? What if she's single?

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    Re: stay-at-home husbands.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes. "Stay-at-home mom" is a common term. "Housewife" is not considered politically correct.
    Do you say "stay-at-home husband" more or "house husband" more which might sound loathsome as Bobk said?

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    Re: stay-at-home husbands.

    May I ask what the common term in the US is for someone who does not work but has no children?
    I don't know. I just know that "housewife," is usually considered to be dismissive. As in, "oh, she's just a housewife" meaning she has no intelligence or skills to contribute.

    What if she's single?
    A single woman who stays at home and doesn't work? Either "unemployed" or a "single mom" is she is a mother.

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    Re: stay-at-home husbands.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Do you say "stay-at-home husband" more or "house husband" more which might sound loathsome as Bobk said?
    I don't think I've had the occasion to use either, but would prefer the first.

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    Re: stay-at-home husbands.

    I don't think "housewife" has to be a dismissive term, but I know it can be. Of course, there are TV shows like "Desperate Housewives" that use the term.

    And I agree that there really isn't one term to describe a single woman who does not work. She could be a student, she could be disabled, she could be one of the idle rich.

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    Re: stay-at-home husbands.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Do you say "stay-at-home husband" more or "house husband" more which might sound loathsome as Bobk said?
    I may have been exaggerating a little, but as the 'hus-' of 'husband' means 'house' anyway (etymologically) prefixing it with 'house' feels to me 'wrong' on the same grounds as the more common 'PIN number' (which repeats 'number' - already present in the acronym).

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    Re: stay-at-home husbands.

    Call me old-fashioned but I still use "housewife" and, these days, "house husband". Mind you, I'm neither a "stay-at-home" anything nor a mother so perhaps I have no basis for being offended by related terminology.

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