Originally Posted by Marcus
I don't think there is something inherently negative about saying "he and I are in a committed relationship", I just think it's best to be precise about what that means.
I am committed to my relationship with IV, for example, but it doesn't mean what most people think it means.
I know exactly what committed means to me .. If I was asking/explaining it with somebody with whom I was wanting committment then I think specifics are indeed important but, for general conversation - while I can concede that the word has a variety of connotations/meanings - I think there is a basic, collective understanding at work that allows the term to be mobilised without too much angst.