Dear Miss Manners: I have begun to notice that the definition of the word “fiance” is changing, and in my opinion, not for the better.
. . . I thought perhaps you would have a comment.
Gentle Reader: Well, yes, Miss Manners has noticed that in newspaper articles, the unmarried father of five children who is on amicable terms with the mother is identified as her fiance. But if he beats her up, he is called her boyfriend.
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