Originally Posted by crisare
It's straightforward to say "John and I broke up." Everyone understand what it means to break up with someone - to end your romantic/sexual relationship - and most people understand that breaking up doesn't necessarily mean eternal and undying hatred of that person. If you wanted to go into more detail, then "John and I broke up, but we're still friends" covers that nicely.
Looking back, that's generally the language I've used even with my ex now BFF and it seems to have worked just fine. So yeah...agreed.
I often think we spend too much time trying to make new words for old terms rather than just let the general understanding of the word evolve into a more suitable meaning.