My remark inadvertently indicates what "date" I belong to.
What does the term dating mean
Invite you to suggest other definitions of 'single' (your own or other people's) and add your thoughts on whether 'single' is the best term to use 1. S., as a whole treasure trove of protections and privileges come with legal marriage. Jaclyn Geller's Thoughts When I intervewed Jackie Geller for this blog (here and here and here), she offered some intriguing thoughts on the topic.
My Three Senses of Single I think of 'single' in three different ways, which often overlap. (That's one of the reasons why same-sex marriage is pursued with such intensity.) Also, some of the people in your life might think it matters whether you are legally married. This is a much more slippery matter than the legal definition. Usually, if other people see you as coupled, you do, too. Sometimes other people think you are Jack And Jill but you see yourself as Jack. Maybe there were two people out to fetch a pail of water, but you climbed that damned hill yourself! Here's an excerpt from our conversation: Bella: I think I first learned that "spinster" once had a positive meaning from reading Here Comes the Bride. Is that the word you think we should use to refer to single women?
‘If they can’t commit to that, then don’t take the bait the next time they get in touch.
"Dating myself" means that I am saying something that reveals my age and makes me look old.
You can be legally single, socially single, or personally single. Maybe you have been part of a committed couple for decades, but unless you made your union official and legal, you still count as legally single. In our article, "The unrecognized stereotyping and discrimination against singles," Wendy Morris and I noted that "impressions of seriousness are shaped by factors such as the length of time the twosome has been together, the regularity and exclusivity with which they see each other, whether they seem to intend to stay together, and whether they live together." Whether other people see you as part of a couple (your social status) can be even more significant to your everyday life, and how other people treat you, than your legal status. Jaclyn: Bella, I respect your work tremendously, and I know you use the word "single," as many people do.