Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fiance, Fiancee, or Affiance?

I just learned that I've been using the word fiancé wrong!

I just always say "fiancé" when I'm talking about someone who is engaged, but did you know that fiance actually refers to an engaged male? Fiancée should be used if you're talking about a girl. If you're talking about both a male and a female who are engaged, do you say fiancés? Grammar Girl said maybe, and asked "Merriam-Webster Editor at Large, Peter Sokolowski" for his opinion. Grammar Girl found out that:

Peter believes the proper way to identify a group of male and female people engaged to be married is to call them "affianced couples" or simply "the affianced." "Affiance," the verb, is pronounced with the emphasis on the middle syllable: \uh-FYE-unss

So today I learned that Kristi is Matt's fiancée, Matt is Kristi's fiancé, and Kristi and Matt are affianced.

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