The only thing worse are those 80s throwbacks that insist on using 'My other half', a term that amongst other crimes has created a thriving industry for manufacturers of Elizabeth Duke style novelty jewellery to market gross 'broken half' pendants with the like sof 'You complete me!' inscribed upon them.
'Partner' though, really?
What, are you setting up an accountancy practice or something?!
The only possible advantage to using this term is that it's gender neutral for those that, for whatever reason, don't wish to make their preference known.
To me, 'partner' conjures up a nightmarish vision of a dystopian future in which I am walking around the world's largest branch of Homebase with a woman that I don't really like wearing a fleece jacket and his and hers leisure slacks....FOREVER.
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