4. Terra, 26. The words I use most are sweetie (for someone Im sweet on, dating regularly), partner for more serious/integrated relationships, and lover or friend/lover for friends and lovers.
What do you call someone you are dating?
You might also refer to him as something more detached, like my plus-one, prospect or literally, like, This is my date. Some prefer the tongue-in-cheek not-boyfriend. You can be coy (fancy friend) or a bit crass (makeout buddy) or cheesy (this is my luvvah) or even snobbish/fake-French.
When can you call her your girlfriend?
According to a relationship expert, its socially acceptable to broach the subject after two months. But some people will get to the stage earlier — it all depends how much time youre spending together, and how much of a good fit you are. If youre not sure, try introducing them to your friends and see how they react.