Dating advice from Emily Post

I came across this amusing bit while thumbing through a copy of Emily Post’s Etiquette (1955 edition) and just had to share it.

Regarding the distasteful phrase “going steady.”

There is no proper equivalent for the phrase because according to etiquette the situation does not exist; no man is given the exclusive right to be devoted to any girl unless engaged to her.


About Misty Manson

Misty Manson is addicted to dating and has decades of real-world experience and field-tested wisdom to share. A longtime contributor to several dating and sexuality sites, Misty currently shares her exploits and tips on her blog, This commitment-phobic playgirl won't tell you how to get a ring on your finger, but she will tell you how to score that first date and give you tips to keep them coming back for more. Besides, "who's got time for love when dating is so much fun?"