You know what word bothers me? Acquaintance.
It’s not a gross word like moist, or a disappointing word like maybe. But it still bothers me.
I know a lot of people who are good, kind, wonderful individuals, and I hate talking about them because of the negative connotation of acquaintance.
The technical definition according to Merriam-Webster is: Someone who is known but who is not a close friend. That sounds like a nice thing, but it feels cold. Like sure, I’ve met this person, but I don’t really like them enough to call them friend. Or worse: there is a backstory there, and sweetie, we don’t have the time or the wine to talk through that one!
It could just be me. I might be the only one who hates calling someone I genuinely like an acquaintance. But I don’t want to call them my friend either. Then people might expect me to have all sorts of fun and cute stories about this person that I’ve only known in passing but think is a good human.
So, I just avoid talking about them entirely so I don’t have to say, “This person I sort of know, but don’t ask me to text them for you, is super cool and is on this awesome national tour. And you could say hi and they’d know my name, but don’t ask them how I’m doing right now cause there’s no way they’ll know.”
We should come up with a new word like frienemy but for acquaintances we like. Like demi-friend, friendish, friquaintace. Someone who is much cooler than me needs to make this a thing. Like fetch, only successful.