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Self-partnered

noun; compounding
In a relationship with yourself.
 
Self-partnered is a new term coined by Emma Watson in her recent interview with Vogue magazine to describe her relationship status. As an actress and activist for gender equality, Watson coined this word to be an empowering term for women who are too busy building their own careers to be married or have children.
Etymology : The term self-partnered goes beyond the mere meaning of single, or not in a relationship, to imply that you are in fact in a relationship, but it is a relationship with yourself. “Self” is a pronoun that comes from the Old English meaning one’s own person, own, or same. “Partnered” is the transitive verb form of the noun “partner,” which comes from the Old French parçonier meaning partner, associate, joint owner, or joint heir. Parçonier comes from parçon meaning partition, division, portion, share, or lot, which goes back to the Latin partitionem meaning a sharing, partition, division, or distribution. Clearly, the word partner has undergone semantic narrowing in its meaning, as, in the case of “self-partnered,” the meaning of “partner” seems to match more closely with the Old French definition of parçonier. The word seems to be formed by analogy from other compound words that take the form of “self-“ + transitive verb (for example, self-obsessed, self-deprecating, self-gratifying, etc…).
Source : “Emma Watson Just Coined The Term ‘Self-Partnered’ Rather Than Single” (BuzzFeed, November 5th 2019)
Last modified: 6 December 2019


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