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    male vis-a-vis for old maid

    Hi,

    I just learned "old maid", and I am curious whether or not there is a male vis-a-vis for old maid? I mean I refer to an older man who keeps single. Does old bachelor work?

    She stays at home everyday. Shell be an old maid if she refuses to meet boys.

    Many thanks!

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    Re: male vis-a-vis for old maid

    One can speak of a "confirmed bachelor."

    Note that there was none of the social stigma to this that was attached to a woman who could not find a husband.

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    Re: male vis-a-vis for old maid

    In BrE, confirmed bachelor was once used, at least sometimes, as a euphemism for gay.

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    Re: male vis-a-vis for old maid

    Thank you both for your replies.

    Dave, I noticed you used past tense in your words. Do you mean today it is a social stigma?

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    Re: male vis-a-vis for old maid

    Quote Originally Posted by cheers100 View Post
    Thank you both for your replies.

    Dave, I noticed you used past tense in your words. Do you mean today it is a social stigma?
    I don't think he meant that.

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    Re: male vis-a-vis for old maid

    Quote Originally Posted by cheers100 View Post
    Thank you both for your replies.

    Dave, I noticed you used past tense in your words. Do you mean today it is a social stigma?
    No, I meant it was in the past.

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