"Taking a break" in a relationship


If she wants to take a break in the relationship, it means she’s already checked out of this relationship and she believes she can do better and wants to explore other options. At that point, it’s honestly over. Last week I spoke to two different early 20s women and both of them referred to the boyfriends as their “partner”, not boyfriend. I noticed this and it made me wonder if this is the new verbiage or way that today’s younger women refer to their significant other? This was so generic and so indifferent that I was actually taken by surprise when I heard them say that.