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Institutionalized Love

Socially-recognized, officially registered non-marital love relations.
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If there are multiple relations connecting into cyclic graphs, people could be exchanging love hand bands (i.e., see link), instead of marriage rings.
Inyuki, Jul 02 2012

A handband... http://www.thinkgee...parel/jewelry/eecd/
[Inyuki, Jul 02 2012]

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       Whot?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 02 2012
  

       Is this anything like the pompatus of love?
ytk, Jul 02 2012
  

       It looks like a *house arrest* bracelet!
xandram, Jul 02 2012
  

       Love and marriage, it's an institution you can't disparage. Ask the local gentry, they will say it's elementary.
rcarty, Jul 03 2012
  

       //Ask the local gentry, they will say it's elementary//   

       We are of mixed view.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 03 2012
  

       Is there perhaps a cad we could ask, then?
ytk, Jul 03 2012
  

       Love and marriage, horse and carriage
You can have the other without the one
But it goes wherefore it will
With luck, that's not downhill
Else all will be in shambles when it's done.
Alterother, Jul 03 2012
  

       It's supposed to lead one to infer a rhetorical question as there are no gentry in America.
rcarty, Jul 04 2012
  

       So Institutionalised Love, is that the kind of love that rocks perpetually in a corridor, whilst gently dribbling and working its thumbs into its sweater-sleeves? Vocally, it might emit long low groans and occasionally punctuate these with clipped barks and shouts, often coinciding with flapping at invisible tormentors. Mentally it might repeat the same broken drug-fuddled mantra as it shuffles along its carpet-worn path up and down the far-wall of the communal area, until the next top-up dose of fluphenazine provides another unwelcome interruption. That kind of love? They type of love that emerges many years later after a series of Manic Episodes of Love?
zen_tom, Jul 04 2012
  

       Not heard of horseless carriages then? That could be a handy euphamism. As could the older exercise of “riding the horse” I suppose.
pocmloc, Jul 04 2012
  

       This puts me in mind of one of my favourite scenes in 'The Lion in Winter'...

Henry II: "I don't doubt he offered, I don't doubt you tried, and I don't doubt John loves me."
Geoffrey: "Like a glutton loves his lunch."
DrBob, Jul 04 2012
  

       This would probably useful for tracking the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
rcarty, Jul 04 2012
  

       What I was getting at, is -- it's fun to realize great ideas, even more so -- to do it out of love.
Inyuki, Jul 04 2012
  

       bigsleep, 'I Can't Believe It's Not Better'.
DrBob, Jul 05 2012
  

       So, the idea is that you declare you're "in love" with someone so you each buy a silicone wristband and run about showing them off, to prove you're in love?   

       That's the idea?   

       What happened to jumping over a broomstick?
UnaBubba, Jul 05 2012
  

       //What happened to jumping over a broomstick?//   

       Huh?
wagster, Jul 07 2012
  

              //What happened to jumping over a broomstick?//      

       Nothing, it's still in vogue with Heathens. Jenny and I jumped over a broomstick laid across a sword. I've forgotten exactly what that symbolizes, but I knew what it meant at the time.
Alterother, Jul 07 2012
  

       // I've forgotten exactly what that symbolizes//   

       It symbolizes that (a) you have access to a broomstick; (b) you have access to a sword and (c) neither of you is afflicted with mobility issues.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 07 2012
  
      
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