Thursday, February 16, 2006

friend v. acquaintance

ac·quain·tance (-kwntns)n.
Knowledge of a person acquired by a relationship less intimate than friendship.
A relationship based on such knowledge: struck up an acquaintance with our new neighbor.
A person whom one knows.
Knowledge or information about something or someone: has a passing acquaintance with Chinese history.

friend (frnd)n.
A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement.
Friend A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.

Just because I have shared libations with or attended a couple of parties with people does not mean I am their friend. An acquaintance is a perfect way to classify a relationship between two people who rarely see each, chat ocasionally online and never talk offline in the real world. What's so wrong with the title of acquintance. It's a lot better than THAT CUNT BITCH!!

Jesus Christ people, are we no longer allowed to use a three syllable word to describe a relationship?