Question of the Week: February 23rd, 2016

Among the lesser known aro/ace labels, are there any you have a soft spot for?

It doesn’t need to be a word that you identify with, just something that you like, even if for nonsensical reasons.

I have a soft spot for quoiro, which roughly means that it doesn’t make sense to apply romantic orientation to yourself.  I don’t identify with quoiro, but I think it is simple, elegant, and sounds nice too.

About Siggy

Siggy is an ace activist based in the U.S. He is gay gray-A, and has a Ph.D. in physics. He has another blog where he also talks about math, philosophy, godlessness, and social criticism. His other hobbies include board games and origami.
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8 Responses to Question of the Week: February 23rd, 2016

  1. Silvermoon says:

    I thought it was more commonly used, but I’ve seen aces online who don’t know this shorthand- I love “biro” as short for biromantic.

    • queenieofaces says:

      Oh my gosh, that takes me back! I haven’t seen anyone using biro for YEARS. I see birom more commonly now (possibly to parallel heterorom, since heteroro sounds odd).

  2. Sennkestra says:

    I still have a soft spot for OTJ, just because of ridiculous backstory. And zuchinni for the same reasons.

    (Basically, at the height of the sexual-allosexual-consexual-zsexual-poikkisexual-etc. terminology wars, someone got fed up and joked that we should just use the term “Orange Twizzled Jumpers” for non-asexual people, since everything else seemed to offend at least one group and the objecting non-aces didn’t seem to be suggesting replacements either.)

    • Carmilla DeWinter says:

      Yay for the (bad) old days. I think it was aceadmiral who coined the term OTJ. *headscratch* And kaz came up with zucchinis, I believe.
      Personal fave is zucchini, too.

      • AceAdmiral says:

        No, it wasn’t me, it was Greg. I agree that it was sorely needed, and honestly sometimes I want to use it now even though I know no one will understand me.

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