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    date around / fool around

    1) What are the differences between date around & fool around?

    2) Are they both implying physical intimacy?

    3) Are they both assumed kind of bad things?

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    Re: date around / fool around

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1) What are the differences between date around & fool around?

    2) Are they both implying physical intimacy?

    3) Are they both assumed kind of bad things?
    Neither term necessarily implies physical intimacy nor are they necessarily "bad things". Use of either term would depend on context. At face value "to date around" simply suggests to me that a person dates a variety of persons. "To sleep around" on the other hand does suggest intimacy and would be considered by many to be "a bad thing".
    "To fool around" can simply be applied to situations in which, for example and among other uses, several children are playing and perhaps being annoying.

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    Re: date around / fool around

    I'd like to add that I've never seen, heard, or used "date around."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: date around / fool around

    If you are talking about two adults (or teenagers) then saying they are "fooling around" with each other does generally mean they are engaging in physical intimacy.

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    Re: date around / fool around

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'd like to add that I've never seen, heard, or used "date around."
    I haven't either. If I heard it, I would understand it as billmcd explains it.

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    Re: date around / fool around

    I would assume that meaning, and Bill did a nice job with his phrasing ("At face value "to date around" simply suggests to me...")

    However, I didn't want Ju to start using this phrase in original sentences.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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