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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    I don't think "courtship display" is particulary old-fashioned. It's a technical term that biologists use in describing animal behaviour. Of course we are animals but we don't often describe human behaviour as a "courtship display."

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    My focus is on finding something to replace "courtship display" in this sentence:

    There was a women-only swimming pool on our street. There were always boys buzzing around on their bikes, showing off, popping wheelies on their bikes, doing their best to impress the girls.
    That's more natural.
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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    Does that make sense, Al?
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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Does that make sense, Al?
    It sure does. Thank you as always.

    I remember once hearing "courtship display" on a TV show about what some guys were doing at dance club to attract women. I don't remember what show it was. I think they were using it humorously or maybe the characters were biologists or something like that.

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    It sure does. Thank you as always.

    I remember once hearing "courtship display" on a TV show about what some guys were doing at dance club to attract women. I don't remember what show it was. I think they were using it humorously or maybe the characters were biologists or something like that.
    Yes, the narrator was probably having fun imitating a zoologist.

    I think you might have mixed up alley with small street. An alley isn't a small street, it's a passage between streets.
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