17 Words That Mean Something Totally Different When You Move In With Your Partner

Bringing a whole new meaning to the word “hugs”.

1. “Sleeping”

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What it usually means: Closing your eyes and drifting off into uninterrupted bliss.
What it means when you move in with your partner: An endless debate on when is the appropriate time to go to bed, whether to have the window open, and how your partner can possibly sleep in that extraordinary position.

2. “Food shopping”

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What it usually means: Buying your groceries for the week.
What it means when you move in with your partner: An entertaining discovery of foods you never knew existed. “Ohhh, what’s tarragon?”

3. “Washing up”

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What it usually means: The simple act of tidying away your dishes after a meal.
What it means when you move in with your partner: The ultimate showdown. Either stand firm or sacrifice yourself for the greater good with one eye on trading in the favour.

4. “Going out”

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What it usually means: Off your face on the dancefloor at 2am thinking alcohol is your greatest friend.
What it means when you move in with your partner: Dinner and a nice bottle of wine. Back on the sofa settling into an episode of Game of Thrones by 10pm.

5. “Ikea”

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What it usually means: A very useful and affordable furniture shop.
What it means when you move in with your partner: The end of days. No argument beats the Ikea argument.

6. “Alone time”

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What it usually means: Time spent alone to relax, breathe, and contemplate the world.
What it means when you move in with your partner: Sat on the toilet with your iPhone mindlessly scrolling through Facebook enjoying three minutes of solitude.

7. “Remote control”

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What it usually means: A useful tool for changing TV channels
What it means when you move in with your partner: POWER!

8. “Taking the bins out”

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What it usually means: Placing your rubbish outside your house so someone can take it away for you.
What it means when you move in with your partner: The easiest job in the house. A race to see who can volunteer to do it first to gain some brownie points.

9. “Laundry”

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What it usually means: Washing your clothes.
What it means when you move in with your partner: The world’s biggest favour if you do it unprompted. The world’s biggest sulk if you’re asked to do it.

10. “Chat”

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What it usually means: Small talk.
What it means when you move in with your partner: A whirlwind exploration of everything that happened during the working day, friends’ upcoming weddings, people’s horrible Facebook updates, and the ridiculous state of house prices.

11. “Cleaning”

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What it usually means: Tidying up your stuff.
What it means when you move in with your partner: A slow but beautiful realisation that you can afford a cleaner.

12. “Apology”

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What it usually means: Saying sorry.
What it means when you move in with your partner: The quickest and best way to end any possible conflict, regardless of whether or not you actually have anything to say sorry for. It just makes life easier.

13. “Flowers”

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What it usually means: One-off gifts.
What it means when you move in with your partner: Essential decoration for every room. Worth remembering: You can never have enough vases.

14. “Nicknames”

What it usually means: Affectionate words used instead of real names.
What it means when you move in with your partner: The only names you call each other. So much so you forget they should be kept private and shout them across supermarkets/the pub when trying to grab your partner’s attention.

15. “Hugs”

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What it usually means: Passing moments of affection.
What it means when you move in with your partner: How you start and end every single day. The greatest thing ever.

16. “Dog”

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What it usually means: An animal.
What it means when you move in with your partner: The only way to find true happiness.

17. “Teamwork”

What it usually means: Some horrible concept at work.
What it means when you move in with your partner: Your life forever more. Utter bliss.

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