Sunday, February 18, 2007

Who's your old man?

The English language, especially where it concerns American expressions, always finds a way to throw me off just a little.

If a male refers to someone as "my old man," he is talking about his father.

If a woman refers to someone as "my old man," she is talking about her boyfriend or husband.

If a man refers to someone as "my old lady," he means his girlfriend or wife.

A woman never refers to anyone as "my old lady," or at least no straight women do that I know of. I wonder if a lesbian says it, does she mean her girlfriend or her mother?

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