My ex...
Posted by AR & AS & LS (+16) 17 years ago
We need some expert love advice from all of you out there. When you are talking about your ex-significant other while telling a story, do you refer to them as your "ex" -your "friend"- or use their name?
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Posted by Jack McRae (+360) 17 years ago
My neighbor refers to them as "my first ex" or "my second ex" or "my third ex". . . (I could go on farther, he has, but I am tired of typing.)
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Posted by Angela Setera (+102) 17 years ago
Well AR & AS & LS....

I don't think you should use their first name if the people you're talking to don't know them by name. In this scenario I would use either "ex" or "friend." And if the story has to do with when you were dating this person....perhaps you'd say "My boyfriend/girlfriend at the time." Alot of people don't remain friends after they break up though, so "friend" might not be an option anyway....

But, I do not have a vast amount of experience in this sort of thing. I mean, I'm only 18! I refer to my past "significant others" as all of what you said: "my ex," "my friend," and "their name." It all depends on what kind of mood I'm in, what I'm talking about, and who I'm talking about it with....
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Posted by tracy pask (+85) 17 years ago
I refer most of my ex's by their name, first only though. Some I do consider friends and call them my friend. Some I would love to still beat up. In that case I would call them a--hole. (Can I say that on here?) When interducing my husband to someone I dated back in high school, which by the way was 10 years ago, I just say " This is so and so, he went to school with me." And again, I only interduce them if I really consider them a friend and no interest in them anymore whatsoever. For example, you would never interduce someone that you seriously dated and may at some point have loved.
Are you all confused yet.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5094) 17 years ago
For what it's worth, I always use "current ex-girlfriend" to refer to an ex.

I also use "future ex-girlfriend" for the current girlfriend, which I really wouldn't recommend.
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Posted by Anna Rose Hammon (+19) 17 years ago
I would always use their name. If the person you are talking to doesn't know them, simply explain by saying: "Peter, my ex-boyfriend..." That way they understand who you are talking about, and you don't have to resort to saying "my ex" all of the time. After all, exes are people too!
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Posted by Anna Rose Hammon (+19) 17 years ago
[This message has been edited by Anna Rose Hammon (edited 6/22/2004).]
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Posted by Erin Cole (+20) 17 years ago
Or you can just refer to them as "Stupid Boy" as I do.
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Posted by cheryred1973 (+193) 17 years ago
it depends on wether you are speaking of a husband or a signifigant other. And really in this small of a town does it really matter? Everyone knows who you are talking about anyway in this gossipy little town. If you have hard feelings about the "ex" than there are several $%#@ things you could say, but be the bigger person and just refer to them as my ex with an even tone, it makes you the bigger person!!
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Posted by Bob L. (+5094) 17 years ago
As a great man once described this town:

"Miles City...Land of 7,000 Spies"
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Posted by Sarahkt99 (+57) 17 years ago
Bob L.-
THat is the greatest description of Miles City that I have ever heard. Thanks for the laugh!
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Posted by tracy pask (+85) 17 years ago
in reply to CheriRed: that's fine to be the bigger person unless the "ex" was abusive. Won't say any names, but I have heard (yes gossip again) that he now abuses his wife. Thanks god I was smart enough to get out of that relationship. Kinda hard to be the bigger person when he truly was a #@*&. But for the most part the "ex's" are still friends and you don't have to try to be the bigger person, it's easy because you broke up with them on good terms.
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Posted by Tim Walters (+73) 17 years ago
Well, my wife refers to me as her "first husband", and we are still married! (for 28 years, in fact... )
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Posted by AR & AS & LS (+16) 17 years ago
[This message has been edited by AR & AS & LS (edited 6/27/2004).]
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Posted by kyle wolff (+67) 17 years ago
The one the bus dragged away.


The diaper dipper.


The deranged&disturbed.
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Posted by cheryred1973 (+193) 17 years ago
great response Kyle, miss you and Robyn, how is your little girl????
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Posted by Jeff Newby (+12) 17 years ago
I refer to my exwife as "The Old Hide" But hey thats just me

Jeff Newby
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Posted by Antonia Klein (+42) 17 years ago
"yahoo" works
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Posted by Sharon Clarke (+74) 17 years ago
Sometimes I refer to mine as "satan"...nooooo just kidding. Although his eyes did glow red, and he grew horns on his head when he got mad. LOL!

Sharon
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Posted by Chad (+1763) 17 years ago
Consider using 'my former wife' or my former girlfriend, former husband, etc. If you've been around the block several times you might say my second (wife, husband, girlfriend), or my third, or fourth.... If you've had that many marriages you need to get a clue.

If it's a girlfriend or boyfriend you might say a girl I dated X number of years ago, last year, etc.

Names don't mean anything to those who don't know them/you.
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Posted by selena (+14) 16 years ago
I didnt read all the replys so im not sure if any one else said this but i have been separated for 3 years now and i would never refer to him as my ex anything once i booted him he has no ties whatsoever to me thank god he is now only my childrens father i think anyone who says ex husband ex lover or ex anything still hasnt gotten over that person or that part of their life so for gods sake move on ex is only to be used in one of my favorite words which describes those lil mishaps in life and that word is EXPERIENCED.... ;O}
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Posted by Richard K. (+19) 15 years ago
When I was a youngn' my pappy always told me that if ya can't say something good about a person, it's best to not say anything at all.
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+3677) 15 years ago
I will be married to my first wife, fourty years in June. We were engaged for three years before that. I hope I never need refer to her as anything but sweetheart, darlin' or Yes dear.
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Posted by Kelly (+2706) 15 years ago
I have the distinct "pleasure" of refering to my ex as deceased. Although I do have to admit that the motorcycle accident was a terrible way to depart Earth.
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Posted by Gary Bonine (+96) 15 years ago
Richard K.
was your pappy's name Thumper?
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Posted by selena (+14) 15 years ago
love those good ol pappies and grammies for their words of wisdom, and im sure they forgive us when we become adults and learn the value of EX-pression ....right Gary?
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Posted by Ben-wah (+73) 15 years ago
If someone knows her ... then her name. If it's someone who doesn't know her or of her, then I use "ex", only because that is the way it is. No hard feelings, just factual, I think ...
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Posted by Craig Bolton (+31) 15 years ago
Ex wife 1.0, Ex wife 2.0, etc, etc.
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1437) 15 years ago
lol... alpha, beta, pre-release, current stable version (for the wife)?
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Posted by Matt Schmitz (+91) 15 years ago
I have heard Miles City refered to as the town where you don't lose your partner, you just lose your turn. I can say that since I grew up there. And I find it to be absolutely hilarious also.
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4460) 15 years ago
Are you a radio guy Matt?
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Posted by Matt Schmitz (+91) 15 years ago
Nope. Just a former Miles City guy now living in Bozeman.
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Posted by Salli (Scanlan) Starkey (+234) 15 years ago
I have a friend that refers to her ex as "the donor" ( they have a beautiful little girl).
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Posted by Bob L. (+5094) 15 years ago
Are you sure that's not a child support joke?
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Posted by Chuck Littleton (+149) 15 years ago
hmmm.... the letter 'X' is SO far down the alphabet chain...coincidence?
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Posted by grace t (+38) 15 years ago
lol...tru dat matt... but just until its your turn AGAIN tho...that has ben known to happen also
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Posted by hilinetransplant (+129) 15 years ago
I have a better idea...just avoid the whole spouse thing altogether..stay single..
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Posted by Chuck Schott (+1284) 15 years ago
I'm taking suggestions.
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