"I am spoken for."
This one makes me want to puke. Can’t you speak for yourself that you have to be spoken for?
Most of you are on the ball and know what it means; it conveys that the person uttering these precious words is in a relationship, so lay off.
I’d say anyone having to utter these words ought not to have anyone even remotely interested.
“I am spoken for..." Yes, idiot-on-autopilot.
And you hear women who claim to be feminists using this execrable phrase. It does not even sound posh.
The other term that makes me want to go aargh is ‘significant other’. Get a life, honey. She or he might be significant to you, not to the rest of the world. And obviously the person is the ‘other’, no one expected you to be conjoined twins. And if you are trying to say that your partner is also significant, then I am not sure I thought you were in the first place. Why the heck are people so presumptuous?
You are in a relationship. Savour it. Don’t flash it around like fake baubles and silicon breasts.
Come to think of it, those could be your significant other…