The phrase "sleeping with someone" often means "having sex." What is the origin of this sexual connotation? Is there a non-sexual equivalent of this phrase to express sleeping with someone without sexual intercourse?
You could speak of 'sleeping Platonically', or 'Sleeping in a Platonic bed'
Stating the bleeding obvious:
- The origin of the sexual connotation is that in most English speaking societies, people who are "sleeping together" are also sexual partners.
- As evidenced by the plethora of confusing answers here, there is no commonly accepted phrase to express sleeping with someone without implying a sexual relationship.
Perhaps, "We literally slept together." The use of the "literally" to mean "very" weakens this a bit, but I thought I'd offer it as another choice.
I agree that with American (Western?) culture as it is, you probably can't avoid the implication altogether, unless the person you're sharing a bed with a child or a relative. It also helps if you give the reason for not getting separate beds.
is an abbreviation (or acronym) for "Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters," a term coined in the late 1970s by the United States Census Bureau as part of an effort to more accurately gauge the prevalence of cohabitation in American households.
It was later replaced with 'unmarried partners'
I would say "went to sleep together".
I would add context.
"When we arrived at all we could find was a hotel room with a single bed, so we were forced to share one bed".
"We climbed up the mountain, but were surprised by bad weather. It was freezing cold, so we shared one sleeping bag".
"We sleep in the same bed, but that's all".
An expression I've heard that isn't likely to be misinterpreted would be
We shared opposite sides of the bed.
The meaning is clearly understood even though it can't be literally accurate.
You could say 'we're room-mates' but, in England, no-one is evvverrr gonna believe you're not having sex. If you share a room. Sorry.
We passed out together.
We conked out together.
We dozed together.
We napped together.
We shared 40 winks.
BUNKED is the word you are looking for.
Meaning and Usage:
sleep in a bunk or improvised bed, typically in shared quarters.
"they bunk together in the dormitory"
So you can just say "I bunked in the bed with her" , "I bunked in her house for the night" to mean it in a non sexual sense.
Although make love is not dishonorable, the notion 'with the most honorable intentions', should be initially embedded in anybody's mind.
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