Date or dating

You are there to talk about business until notified otherwise. But if you are invited over to someone’s place to hang out and don’t leave or do anything, that’s a non-date. It could turn into a date if both people want it to turn into a date, but it’s not presumed. If someone suggests splitting an appetizer they might as well have said, “I’d also like to someday split the cost of a pet-friendly one bedroom in Los Feliz with you.” Likewise for offering you a sip of her drink, or offering to split a cab to her home (obviously). Yes, yes, makeup is Not For Men, but this is all about a time factor: I’m not going to stay in the bathroom a little too long—to the point where my guy friend thinks I’m probably shitting—just to get lipstick right. There are like two good men and they’re both Gregg Popovich. Really, any physical contact will do, but the elbow touch is classic. If your companion slips away to the bathroom and returns looking better than they did before, it’s a date. But I might risk that for a date (society has us women convinced that if you just look the right way, he’ll like you back). The point is: if she’s laughing at most of your jokes it’s because we’ve all been practicing fake laughter since nigh-infancy when it made our fathers feel better about themselves, and now we use it for our idiotic boss Randy, who keeps quoting to the young interns who were born the same year that movie came out. Here, however, is the biggest sign: did she touch your elbow? 30-year-old Shani Silver got asked out on a “date,” but didn’t hear from the guy until 10p.m.

With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.

This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.

Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.

I have now found Anthony Wood's authority for dating his birth in 1545.

The question of dating arises, since only the Klock piece is firmly fixed.

date "romantic liaison," 1885, gradually evolving from date (1) in its general sense of "appointment;" the verb in this sense is first recorded 1902. Yet there were some things she could remember on the other side, dating also from Corry's Cambridge years.

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