But history also has a rich supply of romantic terms, and they’re not all as coy as you might think…
Here, we trace the different stages of dating in both the present and the past, comparing the language we use today with the sweet nothings of history. Would you be happy to leave technology behind and swap sexts for billet-doux?
Such teasing argument could be seen as a form of foreplay, albeit an often frustrating one.
Thomas Shadwell’s 1690 play makes this scandalously clear when Don Bernardo states: ‘I hate this pickeering; Let’s lay aside our forlorn hopes, and let our bodies joyn’.
The term came from the 2010 film , a documentary following the development of such a relationship.