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The sexual connotations of the phrase "make out" appear to have developed in the 1930s and 1940s from the phrase's other meanings of "to succeed".Originally, it meant "to seduce" or "to have sexual intercourse with".In 2005, a study was conducted of 115 people ages 21 to 35 who were either living with or had lived with a romantic partner.It notes that the lack of proper terms often leads to awkward situations, such as someone becoming upset over not being introduced in social situations to avoid the question."Lady friend" may also be used to signify a romantic relationship with an older woman, when the term "girl" as in "girlfriend" may be deemed age-inappropriate.
As of 2007, The New York Times style guide discouraged the use of the term "girlfriend" for an adult romantic partner, stating, "Companion is a suitable term for an unmarried partner of the same or the opposite sex." for referring to Shaha Riza as the "girlfriend" of World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz in one article about the controversy over their relationship.Both forms of "girlfriend" and "girl friend" are used by different people to mean different things.For example, when the term "girlfriend" is used by a female about another female in a non-sexual, non-romantic context, the two-word form "girl friend" is sometimes used to avoid confusion with the sexual or romantic meaning; however, this is not a rule.Other news articles in the Times had generally referred to her as Wolfowitz's "companion".However, the 2015 edition of the New York Times Manual of Style states that the view on the term "girlfriend" as being informal is now relegated to the realm of traditionalism, and that it has become accepted to use "girlfriend" and "boyfriend" to describe people of all ages (with consideration given to the preferences of the people involved).(Hover mouse over title to view publication date) xkcd Phone 2000 Selection Effect GDPR Business Update Morning News MC Hammer Age Repairs Fatal Crash Rate Safety Sat Research Areas by Size and Countedness Driving Cars IMHO Containers Python Environment River Border Meteorologist Misinterpretation Clutter Evangelism Rickrolling Anniversary Turkish Delight History Congressional Testimony Paperwork Friendly Questions Right Click Conversational Dynamics Star Lore Autogyros Personal Data Name Dominoes Not Available Robot Future Violin Plots Smart Home Security Background Apps Spatial Orientation Namespace Land Rush Generations Interaction Code Golf The Simpsons Self-Driving Issues 2018 CVE List Unification Robots Impostor Syndrome The History of Unicode Backpack Decisions Super Bowl Watch Party Chicken Pox and Name Statistics Fruit Collider Campaign Fundraising Emails Night Sky Hawaii Scientific Paper Graph Quality The End of the Rainbow Universal Dreams Memorable Quotes Dying Gift The Food Size Cycle 2016 Election Map Meltdown and Spectre IATA Airport Abbreviations Desert Golfing 2018 Phone Security Santa Facts The True Meaning of Christmas Virtual Assistant Calendar Facts Argument Timing Seven Years Tinder Bad Code Self-Driving Car Milestones Solar Panels Felsius Interferometry The Moon and the Great Wall Emoji Sports Interstellar Asteroid NEXUS How to Make Friends Temperature Preferences Nightmare Email Feature Twitter Verification A � Thermostat Defensive Profile Sky Spotters Digital Resource Lifespan Credit Card Rewards Immune System Making Progress Cast Iron Pan Research Risks Bun Trend State Borders Logical Jet Lag Ears October 2017 Self Driving Active Ingredients Only Worrying Scientist Interviews Real Estate Thread USB Cables Obsolete Technology What to Bring xkcd Phone 6 Still in Use Two Down, One to Go Typing Notifications Ensemble Model Ringer Volume/Media Volume Supervillain Plan Color Models Drone Training Eclipse Review Eclipse Birds Earth Orbital Diagram Eclipse Science Eclipse Searches Computers vs Humans Geologic Faults Email Reply Backup Batteries Bun Alert Emoji Movie Reviews Positive and Negative Reviews Eclipse Flights Physics Confession Russell's Teapot Wifi vs Cellular City Nicknames Screenshots Particle Properties Quantum Communicating Sports Knowledge 4th of July Emoji Movie Existence Proof Telephoto Refresh Types Once Per Day Election Map Magnetohydrodynamics Air Force Museum Decades Glacial Erratic Dubious Study Drone Problems State Word Map Voting Systems Opening Crawl Anti-Drone Eagles Who?