[LMB] OT: posslq

Dan Tilque dtilque at nwlink.com
Fri, 15 Feb 2002 01:15:54 -0800


From: "Victoria L'Ecuyer" <vlecuyer at ksu.edu>

> >re: Peter H. Granzeau :  And the 'Murrican for that seems
> > to be POSSLQ (pronounced "posselcue").
>
> Is it? I've never heard of it before. What USA region do
> you inhabit? In mine we call them "live-ins", "roommates",
> "shack buddies", or "married"  depending on how
> accurate/polite the speaker wants to be.

POSSLQ (Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters) is a
Census Bureau term. Normally such a term would be lost in the sea
of acronyms except that Charles Osgood wrote a poem titled POSSLQ
and recited it on CBS News.

--
Dan Tilque

There is nothing I wouldn't do
If you would be my POSSLQ
~~ Chrales Osgood