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    a better half?

    Hello Everyone,

    What does the " a better half" mean in the following sentence, which is taken form the Rocket fan forum? Does it mean my wife or my husband?

    "I'm on vacation right now so I don't have a lot of time; otherwise the better half will killl me!"

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    Re: a better half?

    It is an expression used by a male, so refers to his wife...

    ...though in this day and age, it could refer to the marriage partner of a gay male also.

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    Re: a better half?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    It is an expression used by a male, so refers to his wife...

    ...though in this day and age, it could refer to the marriage partner of a gay male also.
    Thanks, I guess we can say" my half"?

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    Re: a better half?

    You can't say just "my half" even if you are a woman married to a man

    You can say "my other half" as an alternative to "my better half" if you want though.

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    Re: a better half?

    In times of emancipation isn't this expression becoming increasingly widespread among women (wifes) too?

    There is the same expression in German, and women use it as often as men do. Although I'm quite sure that once this expression actually was only used by males refering to their wifes.


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    Re: a better half?

    Think what the expression implies: 'better'.

    Where would this stand with Feminism and Women's Liberation for a woman to use this expression?

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    Re: a better half?

    Where would this stand with Feminism and Women's Liberation for a woman to use this expression?
    I think they'd go for 'my worse half'

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    Re: a better half?

    In Australia women sometimes use "my better half" but men use it more. We know our place

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    Re: a better half?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterteacher View Post
    In Australia women sometimes use "my better half" but men use it more. We know our place
    Thanks!

    And I would like to know here if this expression originate from the bible as in my memory the bible says GOD takes a bone from Adam and makes the first woman in the world?

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    Re: a better half?

    Hey Snowcake! Was ist die Mehrzahl von wife?

    I wouldn't expect to hear this expression from a woman referring to a man. Can't remember ever hearing a woman say it, although I don't think English Law proscribes its use by females!

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