Question: Where did Dating come from?

The word date was allegedly coined in 1896, by a forlorn lover. According to Moira Weigels book, Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, the word date first popped up in a newspaper column in which a heartbroken clerk named Artie wrote that the object of his affections was seeing other people.

When did dating replace courtship?

1929 More women were gaining independence from their parents to do what they wanted – by 1929, about half of single women held down jobs. In this rapidly changing time, dating replaced “courtship.” Dating was casual while courting was a process meant to lead to marriage.

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