10 things all couples do that seem weird

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We all know of that stage at the outset of a relationship where everything seems wondrous and magical. The level of excitement is somewhere near that of a fangirl’s when meeting her idol in public. Everything your partner does seems gloriously beautiful, and you cannot get enough. You may even endeavour to put your best foot forward, even if that means not telling those pet peeves that you may feel turn out to be deal breakers for the other one.

But what happens after some time has lapsed, and you begin to get comfortable with each other? As your relationship progresses for the better, your sense of security and comfort in the relationship begins to show. You may appear bizarre to the world, but you usually don’t care. You’re happy. And that’s all that is significant to you. So, let us review some of those apparently bizarre things all couples do, shall we?

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1. Your conversations can be boring

So, you have your magical period as you get to know each other, and each day seems like a scene from Before Sunrise. You talk about life, love, death, the universe, your mere existence, yourselves, what you mean to one another, your hopes, your dreams, your fears, your fantasies. I could go on. There is no end to the fascinating dialogue that enthrals a new couple. But as you grow into your relationship, you realise that not every exchange can be charmingly riveting. And your topics of conversation often turn towards the most mundane. The coffee you had on your way to work, the creepy guy you pass by on the sidewalk each day, your obnoxious colleague and her blunt remarks, and so forth.

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2. Inside jokes

Couples have all kinds of inside jokes. It could be one hilarious episode of ‘Friends’ you watched together and recall at odd moments. It could be some absurdly entertaining incident that occurred eons ago, but to this day manages to entertain you each time you are reminded of it. And when these inside jokes are shared between the two of you in the company of others, you are subjected to funny looks. But you don’t think you are outlandish. People just don’t get you two.

3. You dress similar

So, here’s the thing. Teenage girls may love to dress similar on a particular chosen day, but guess what? They aren’t alone. It wasn’t just the Mean Girls foursome who decided that "On Wednesdays we wear pink." Couples may not nominate a certain day each week for colour coordinating their outfits, but they sure do it an incredible lot. And it’s not like it’s entirely unheard of. Brad and Angelina at the 2014 BAFTA awards, anyone?

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4. Privacy holds different meaning

It is no secret that with the passage of time, most of us realise how little actually remains private in a long term relationship. Your relationship may not even be very different from Lily and Marshal’s, and over time, peeing with the door wide open is not something that would shock you or your partner. Although whether the same can be said for your friends who hear of your lack of personal space is a whole different matter.

5. You sing together

Many couples have certain songs that they have a special connection with as partners. Perhaps, it was the one playing when they first set eyes on each other, on their first date, or on a particular day that brought them closer together. And because of that, each time the song comes on the radio, you two sing it together out of tune. This may seem like a great way to bond to you two, but to onlookers you may present a more amusing picture.

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6. You are fascinated with your pets

Whether it’s making an Instagram account for your cat, or photographing your dog from all angles, couples do some peculiar things for their pets. Sharing anecdotes with your partner about what amazing adventures your dog has been up to in his/her absence, or how your cat’s been looking like she’s plotting revenge makes for great stories in your opinion. But that’s okay. Rowling thought so too; "People can be a bit stupid about their pets."

7. Nothing constitutes as TMI

Telling your partner about your digestive problems, and sharing details of your bowel movements is commonplace for you two. "Hey babe, check out this mole…" Does this sentence not surprise you in the least? Then, you know it applies to you too. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but not everyone may feel similarly when they hear of you.

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8. You are not shy

Your partner knows you in ways that a person more prudish would find shocking. It has been so long to your relationship that neither you nor your partner deem it inappropriate that he helps you out with your tampon on days you are too exhausted/drunk/wasted to do it yourself. This is perfectly acceptable. It just goes to show how relaxed you are around our partner.

9. The fart boundary

They say that couples who fart together stay together. It is a mark of how comfortable you two are in each other’s company that passing gas does not bother the two of you. Perhaps, the dog gets blamed a lot, or perhaps he/she chooses to act wholly innocent and ask what the matter is, or possibly you just feel no shame or reserve being yourself around your partner. Either way, once the fart boundary is crossed, you know you have come a long way.

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10. You have your own secret language

Certain couples like creating their own secret language. This could mean anything from code words, body language, or just something as subtle as a lift of the eyebrow. Several couples have previously agreed upon phrases that could mean something perfectly innocent to a bystander, but contain a wealth of meaning to each other.