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Gran's Saying. TRIGGER WARNING FOR OBJECTIONABLE SUBJECT.

Gran (1900-1986) had a term for a boyfriend of a married woman: Mr. Man.  As a little girl living with Gran and Gramps, I thought it was simply this guy's name ("Mr. Mann," possibly) who came to visit a woman who lived on our street.  The woman had been married for ten years and then separated from her husband.  The affair began after she moved out.  She and her husband reunited after five years and stayed married until his death.  After I grew up and heard Gran apply the term to other, similar situations, Mr. Man sounded specific to an extramarital affair.  It also seems now like I'd heard/read this term another place, but I do not recall where.  Would anyone here know this term?

Example:  Gran, peeking through the venetian blinds:  "There's that Mr. Man again.  He sure is a pest."

Gran was born in NE and lived there until 1936, when she moved to CA for the rest of her life.  Her mother came from Devon, England at age eighteen, and her father was born, raised and lived in NE all his life.
Tags: 1950s, english, idiolects, idioms, idiotolects
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