I’m a writer, I think that’s why this confusion bothers me.
First, I had to come up with a way to describe what I do for a living.
In France however, there's no such thing as a dating columnist.
I've been a semi-fluent French speaker since my youth, yet trying to share what I did perplexed most French, Belgian and Swiss folks I encountered. My male friends scoffed, my female friends swooned.
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.
“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.