These are a few frequently asked questions about dating.
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“I can’t have dinner with you again because I don’t want a relationship,” he told me gently. A date doesn’t equal a relationship,” I explained, getting frustrated.
I went on, “I want to go on dates with you so I can find out if I would want a relationship with you.” I seemed to be speaking Swahili to him. I wondered if perhaps I didn’t understand the definition of dating.
I thought I ordered a crepe, but instead the waiter gave me ham and cheese on baguette. A few months later, I found myself in a similar conversation with another guy who I had one amazing date with. Dating is something you do before you enter into a relationship. I need an evaluation period just as much as you do.
We were talking online pretty much every day, getting to know each other virtually, but there were no dates on the docket. This made me think it’s possible that all singles are floating around out there with different definitions of “dating.” For God’s sake, I think we need to come up with an agreed upon definition. Let’s set some guidelines here to avoid further confusion.
Meaning "to assign to or indicate a date" (of an event) is from c.1400. Related: Dated; the fruit of a species of palm (q.v.), the Phoenix dactilifera.
“Dating” means different things to different people, particularly across generations.