My girlfriend and I have been together for coming up on 7 years now, and living together for 6. We are not planning on getting married, both kind of being against the concept, and don’t want children currently (we decided, that if we do want children some day we would likely get married first, for simplicity sake). And now we are buying a place together as well.
The problem is that we feel we are getting to an age and level of life were referring to each other as ‘girlfriend’ and ‘boyfriend’ just doesn’t sound right. It ends up putting the level of our relationship below that of married couples in many peoples eyes, when in reality I think our relationship is better than many of the married couples we know.
So, what else can we call each other that portrays our serious long term committment? Maybe we can just make a up a new word that could catch on?