Once again, what's a PASSLQ.

I Find Karma (adam@cs.caltech.edu)
Sun, 15 Jun 97 13:34:18 PDT

A FoRKee writes in...

> You'll have to remind me what passlq stands for... I recall
> Adam using it for Michelle but that's about it.

we find out:

To paraphrase William Safire, a PASSLQ is a Person of the Appropriate
Sex Sharing Living Quarters. Safire invented the word to counter a word
used by the U.S. census bureau for two people living together but not
married, POSSLQ (which would be, Person of the Opposite Sex Sharing
Living Quarters). Safire said that "POSSLQ" was an offense to the 10%
of Americans who happen to be gay, so he suggested that the census
bureau use PASSLQ instead in a New York Times column. I'm not sure if
they eventually adopted it or not; I assume no, since you know how the
government likes to do anything to keep gay people from being happy.

People don't like me to use the word, because it's an homage to William
Safire, plus 97% of people who hear me say the word think I'm nuts

Use in a sentence:
He's not fat; he's my PASSLQ.


'Pone seram, cohibe.'
Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Cauta est et ab illis incipit uxor.
-- Juvenal (c.60-130 AD), Satires

'Bolt her in, keep her indoors.'
But who is to guard the guards themselves?
Your wife arranges accordingly and begins with them.