a lightweight consumer electronic device that looks like a hand-held computer but instead performs specific tasks; can serve as a diary or a personal database or a telephone or an alarm clock etc.

Familiarity information: PDA used as a noun is very rare.

Now, there's hooking up, friends with benefits, casual dating, and all manner of other things. There's no courtship, there's zero determining if you're compatible romantically or long term.

You're just bumping the naughty bits, and that's why we North Americans have so many, varied terms for what is essentially a no strings attached sexual relationship. So let's call dating what it really is: a way to get to know a complete stranger to see if they're a possible romantic partner for the long haul.

"I give advice to people who go out together," kind of worked, but most people didn't understand how or why I had a job. I lost my credit card and was two hours late, so instead we met for wine and cheese. That relationship ended because the gent couldn't communicate clearly with me, and kissed another woman at a party repeatedly knowing that I'd never take him back if he did. I'm still grateful for the experience, because it showed me just what dating was, and wasn't.

This in turn confused me -- I get thousands of emails every week with questions, wanting to know how to get a guy to call them back, whether or not a woman is interested, or if they should break up. In Paris, a man I considered to have dated a few weeks (he was adamant we were in a relationship), told me, "Either you're having casual sex, or you're in a relationship. My next question, "Well, then how did you know you wanted a relationship with me? "From the second I saw your picture online and sent you a message, we were in a relationship. We did, however, stroll hand-in-hand along a love lock bridge. In (most places in) North America, a date consists of intention, like art.

I've been a semi-fluent French speaker since my youth, yet trying to share what I did perplexed most French, Belgian and Swiss folks I encountered. My male friends scoffed, my female friends swooned.

"On sort ensemble" is something you'd say in Quebec (loosely translated: "we go out together"), but no one said anything of the sort in France. Yes, the guy really planned to have me serenaded, on our first date, along the Seine River.People nod, and then ask me whatever pressing dating questions they have.In France however, there's no such thing as a dating columnist.In a way, it means signs where you warm up to your partner in public view. Public displays of affection are a demonstration of physical affection and emotional connection between two people.It's easy, pretty much every knows what that means, and if for some reason they're confused, I say, "You know Carrie in Sex in the City?