You talk to a lot of... communication challenged people when your working life revolves around calling people on a phone. The following scenario has now occurred far too many times for me to not bring this up on the internet.
Me: Hello there, can I speak to Mr. X?
Woman on the phone: Mr. X isn't here, can I help?
Me: Oh, is that his partner?
Woman: No, it's his wife.
Now is it me, or is insisting that you're someone's wife (property) rather than their partner (equal) a little bit... well, odd? Can't you be a wife AND a partner? Are there men, somewhere out there in the UK, bartering their sheep for wives and installing them into expensive new kitchens, ready to pop out kids at the next instruction?