In the U.S., what is a date? What's "first base", "second base" and "third base"? How do you invite someone out non-romantically?
May 18, 2004 9:39 PM Subscribe
Baffling Things About America, #819: What is a date? [More inside.
posted by MiguelCardoso to Society & Culture (46 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Does inviting or accepting indicate a disposition to consider a romantic attachment with someone? What's "first base", "second base" and "third base"? Is the reply "I'll take a rain check" insulting, accepted as a standard, polite put-off or merely a desire for another chance? If you want to invite someone out for dinner with no romantic intentions, how do you go about it? Is it still considered a date?
Like many non-Americans, I've always been highly confused about the semantics and the system of dating - despite all the American movies, books and TV shows I've seen - and would dearly appreciate a clear as-if-explained-to-a-Martian definition. Does the definition depend on generation, education or part of the country? Are there ambiguities in the dating system that Americans themselves need to preserve? Many thanks for helping!