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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Comment by booklover on December 10, 2012 at 7:05am

Oh! lol, sorry Chris!  It just means what Carl said.  Like "Hey there friend", but only from a female friend to another female friend.  Carl is right, a guy would never say "Hey boyfriend!" to another guy just as a friend.

Steph, really cute lol cats!  Great poster Felaine!  Hope you got some sleep Carl.

Have a great week everyone~ Melinda

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2012 at 5:18am

Thanks, Flying Atheist! It helps!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 2:59am

Good morning, Chris.  I'm up late here suffering with a little bit of insomnia.  Regarding your question:  yes, it is true that the terms boyfriend and girlfriend are used in referencing a lover, as when two people are dating or are romantically involved. 

However, for females, the term 'girlfriend(s)' is also commonly used to describe acquaintances that are friends only and not lovers.  Example: "She spent a fun day out at the museum with her girlfriend(s)."  In this instance, the term 'girlfriend' is commonly used in both the singular and the plural forms in describing two female friends or even a group of female friends.   

For males, the term boyfriend is not commonly used in this manner, as your textbook states.  You generally do not hear a male say that he is meeting his boyfriends after work for dinner and a movie.  He is just meeting his friends, or his buddies, or his pals, etc.  (I guess it's kind of a macho/sexist "guy" thing.)  Of course, in the gay male community, the term 'girlfriend' is carelessly thrown about while speaking with, about, or describing other gay males.

I hope this helps explain our quirky language.

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2012 at 2:12am

Question: I teach English to elderly people - nice to do, yes - but it's not as if I know so very much about English. One of the books I use says that ´boyfriend´ and ´girlfriend´ are strictly used for lovers, not for friends. So when I hear Booklover say girlfriend to Steph, I don't want to pry but I do want to know about your use of the language. Tell me more!

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2012 at 10:15pm

Oh hey Melinda - I noticed you asked about me. I've been busy getting the final grades entered and studying for finals. It's always so busy about this time. Thanks for asking about me. I appreciate it.

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2012 at 10:13pm

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2012 at 10:13pm

Booklover - love the lolcat. Sorry so behind here. Going to read back.

Love all the posts.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2012 at 6:07pm

Oh, rats! I messed up that last post (I want my hand back!), but you can still see the poster by clicking the link.  It's one of the best things I've seen in AGES! Are there any awards for political humor?
**********************

Joan, Isaac Asimov said, or wrote, that the best argument in favor of atheism is the bible.  He's right.  At one time, my life was a mess (or I thought it was), so I decided to read the whole book from Genesis through Revelation to see if I could learn what I was doing wrong and how I could "fix" myself. (I had been carefully taught... that the answers to everything were in there)  By the time I finished I knew it was bullsh*t, but I read it a second time just to make sure.  It's BS, all right.

Annnnnnd, you do have to wonder why babies are born without any religion, and have to be taught.  If any of that stuff were real, you'd think belief would be instinctive...

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2012 at 5:51pm
‎* LES MISÉRABLES *
They Dreamed a Dream of Time Gone By...

Click Image To Enlarge
Or For Full Size Poster go to: http://www.citizenschwartz.com/les-miserables-coulter/
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2012 at 4:45pm

Sk oh, I can never remember how to spell your lovely name. sk8eycat, I agree with you and Gore Vidal, "Silly!" And easy to set aside as some attempt to get "back" to "simpler" days when all the answers to serious questions came easily and cheaply from the pulpit. I can't understand how answers come from scripture, unless the answer is to go out and slaughter the entire population. 
Real life is hard, complicated, and takes brains and guts to navigate the rapids. The good news is, we have both. 

 

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