The other “good news” is that if your wife is talking to you about her work husband, that actually indicates that there isn’t anything fishy going on. If she were keeping this very close relationship a secret from you, that could be a sign that there’s something worth more than a raised eyebrow going on.
Hopefully you’re more at ease about the work husband, but if your wife’s use of the term still bothers you, just speak up and let her know how you feel. Her use of the term is probably a handy catchphrase and no indication that her work husband poses any threat to her real husband.
Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor to The Root, a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. She answers your dating and relationship questions on The Root each week. Feel free to ask anything at firstname.lastname@example.org.