"Cheap date" redux

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 27 17:45:39 UTC 2010

We all know what "cheap" can mean. Hence the difference of opinion.


On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 11:20 AM, George Thompson
<george.thompson at nyu.edu>wrote:

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> 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.
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> 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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