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The Daters' Dictionary

11 definitions to help you navigate the dating world

Perfect date: an appointment where everything clicks and not a single gaffe occurs

Per Nancy:
1. an oxymoron

2. an appointment that is customarily a figment of one's imagination (until the right person comes along)

3. an appointment where it turns out that the right person thinks you're not

Dateless: a condition that grants you time to sort out what you want in life

Per Nancy:
1a condition that grants you time to give yourself a henna rinse, convert your photos to digital format and giggle with your friends about the jerks you've dated

2. a condition in which you ask yourself why no jerk is calling now that you've rinsed, converted and giggled

3. a condition to avoid in the last 10 minutes of Dec. 31 — or on the ramp of Noah's Ark

Foreplay: intimate acts between two people, designed to kindle sexual desire, arousal and activity

Per Nancy:
1. to men, any of the following:

  • turning off the television first
  • lowering the volume
  • a mysterious practice that may require gentle instruction

2. to women (and some men), a long, sweet process that includes:

  • kissing
  • petting
  • shedding clothes (yours and his)
  • flinging said garments about the room
  • touching
  • exploring
  • heavy breathing
  • more kissing
  • more touching
  • to some women, all of the above — plus dinner!

"I'll call you, OK?" phrase uttered by a man to a woman on parting, whether they had sparks or a snooze

Per Nancy:
1. To women, "I'll call you" means just that

2. To men, "I'll call you" can mean:

  •  "Maybe you'll hear from me, maybe you won't"
  • "Expect to hear from me sometime between tomorrow night and next summer"
  •  "I'll call you after the playoffs"
  • "I'll be in touch — unless I lose your number or my nerve"

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