The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. — ESV Dodi (my beloved) spoke, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Flirting behavior varies across cultures due to different modes of social etiquette, such as how closely people should stand (proxemics), how long to hold eye contact, how much touching is appropriate and so forth. For example, ethologist Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt found that in places as different as Africa and North America, women exhibit similar flirting behavior, such as a prolonged stare followed by a head tilt away with a little smile. The Oxford English Dictionary (first edition) associates it with such onomatopoeic words as flit and flick, emphasizing a lack of seriousness; on the other hand, it has been attributed to the old French conter fleurette, which means "to (try to) seduce" by the dropping of flower petals, that is, "to speak sweet nothings".
While old-fashioned, this expression is still used in French, often mockingly, but the English gallicism to flirt has made its way and has now become an anglicism.
Here is a great article from Yahoo Personals entitled, Great questions for sparking online conversations.'In the article, author Rad Dewey (with Jaime Rodriguez, Jr.) gives actual, word for word examples of questions you can use immediately with women online. If our moms were setting us up on a blind date, what three things would your mom tell mine about you?
A lot of people chimed in at the bottom with questions they use, and most of them are either too situation-specific or just flat out suck.
Charles Francis Badini created the Original Fanology or Ladies' Conversation Fan which was published by William Cock in London in 1797.
The use of the fan was not limited to women, as men also carried fans and learned how to convey messages with them.
The french word fleurette (small flower), and the language of old south France word flouretas (from the latin flora(for flower)), are related to some little says where flowers are both at the same time a pretext and the comparison terms.
In southern France, some usage were yet used in 1484,.
Communications theorist Paul Watzlawick used this situation, where "both American soldiers and British girls accused one another of being sexually brash", as an example of differences in "punctuation" in interpersonal communications.
He wrote that courtship in both cultures used approximately 30 steps from "first eye contact to the ultimate consummation", but that the sequence of the steps was different.
For instance, placing the fan near the heart meant "I love you", while opening a fan wide meant "Wait for me".