My Wordsmith Word of the Day is “Boston Marriage”. Here’s the definition:
Boston marriage (BOS-tuhn MAR-ij, BAW-stuhn -) noun
A long-term, intimate friendship between two women, often sharing
[After Boston (and other areas in the Northeast US) where such
arrangements occurred during the 19th century. Perhaps popularized
by Henry James’s 1886 novel The Bostonians that portrayed such
“Boston marriage of Miss Woolley and Miss Marks, for example, was
intensely passionate, as their letters show.”
Elspeth Cameron; Heart to Heart; Chatelaine (Toronto, Canada); Oct 1997.
“Frances, for her part, saved her own endearments for her lifelong
friend, Mildred Minturn, with whom she had a kind of Boston marriage
at Bryn Mawr.”
The Craftsman And the Nihilist; The New Republic (Washington, DC);
Jul 4, 1994.
Does that mean a lesbian relationship or a couple of spinsters sharing a house?