Instead of making each other feel bad there is a new term that everyone should develop in their vocabulary for the times they have to ask the burning question, “Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?” Al Vernacchio, a TED Talker, has come up with the perfect term that already exists, "sweetheart." It’s a very relaxed term that does not offend because a sweetheart can be a girl or a guy. The next time you ask, just remember, “Do you have a sweetheart?” sounds much better, and sweeter.
Here’s Al Vernacchio’s video giving this new term to kids at a TED Talk.
by Edwina Mack, USC Master of Social Work Field Placement Student, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy