"Cheap date" redux

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed Jan 27 16:20:39 UTC 2010

The one time I can recall hearing a woman describe herself as a "cheap date" was decades ago; the speaker was a colleague, with a grown daughter, who was joking about how quickly a drink or two went to her head.

This was not in connection with any program of seduction on my part.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 11:14 pm
Subject: "Cheap date" redux

> Somewhen, a few years back, I wondered aloud what motivate a woman to
> define herself, of her own free will, as a "cheap date," when the
> phrase is an insult. The consensus reply of both men and women was
> that the phrase is *not* derogatory. So, why *shouldn't* a woman
> define herself as a "cheap date," if she so wishes?

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