Wednesday, May 22, 2013

To Be a Mid-Single Sounds Horrible

In unrelated news, I've been seeing these posts from various friends about their mid-singles conference outings and I think I am concerned a bit. Why, you ask? Well it's all in the name. A 'Mid' Single? What is that? By definition 'mid' is short for middle. So does that mean these people are in the middle of being single? If so, that's pretty depressing given that they are in their 30's to 40's and only half way through their singlehood.

I think the term began as referring to mid-life. Well then why not call it mid-life singles? No. Probably not a good idea. Sounds too close to 'mid-life crisis' and some of those result in once married people becoming single.
I have some very dear friends who have achieved this status in life and wonder if there was a more appropriate designation.
Veteran singles

Expert singles

I like sports, so maybe there should be a major league singles and a development league singles. Think about that! Pretty sure I went through the D-league for a while there at some point.

Of course, I don’t have an answer that won’t offend someone, but at the end of the day why should there be any additional distinction beyond single/married? They certainly don’t ask whether you’re single or mid-single when you file your taxes. There isn't an additional 3% credit to claim.

Call it what it is. If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck?