Lessons in the ‘Girls’ Lexicon: “Cohabitation”

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Cohabitation (n.): The state or condition of living under the same roof as your significant other, whether either you had a discussion about it beforehand, or, as is the case with many college couples, happened upon it accidentally.

How it’s used in the show: At Hannah’s dinner party, discussion of Ray’s current living situation / status as a homeless person brings Shoshanna to the realization that he has unknowingly moved in with her: “Oh my god, do you live with me?!”

It starts with a simple, courteous act: “You can stay over, I guess… if you want.” Upon hooking up with a new guy/girl, it’s typically a nice thing to ask them to spend the night (assuming you both had a good time), regardless of how uncomfortably hot you get sleeping next to another person. Girls’ Hannah would refer to this as “inviting [someone] as a gesture.” Continue Reading