The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language says it’s “a person who is blind.”
So why not a blind date?
A date with a blind person?
A blind date with an expert?
The answer to both of those questions is: a lot of people.
The dictionary says the phrase “blind date” dates back to the mid-1600s, and has been used since the 1970s.
And according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest recorded use of the word “blind” dates to 1789, when “the word ‘blind’ was used by Englishman James Huxley to describe people with disabilities, a term which has since been used to describe blind people, with the earliest known use occurring in the mid 1800s.”
“There are lots of people with the condition, so why would it make sense for them to date someone who has it?”
To understand how it might work, consider a date in which a blind woman asks a blind man, “Do you have a girlfriend?”
“He’s got a girlfriend,” the blind man says.
“She’s not with him, is she?”
The woman looks at him quizzically.
“Well, yes, she’s with the man,” the woman says, and pauses.
So what if the date turns out to be a “blind girlfriend” in disguise?
Well, the date is still a date, but the woman has the power to decide if her date will be able to meet him in person.
The dictionary also notes that the phrase has “been used as a dating tool to describe someone with a disability” since the 1960s, when it was first used in an ad for a company called Sargent-Jones and Company.
But there are some caveats: “It is not to be taken as a generalization of the condition,” the dictionary explains.
It does, however, have a few key characteristics.
It’s not a synonym for blind date, nor does it necessarily mean that all blind people have a date.
It can be used as an insult, and the dictionary has some examples of it being used in other contexts: A date with the blind woman.
A blind man who dates a blind girl.
An interview with a deaf woman.
(Although the word is not specifically spelled “blind,” the phrase could be used in this way.)
It’s also not a way to make fun of someone with the disease.
When you see someone with what seems to be an “invisible disability,” don’t assume that they’re just having a bad day, or that they need to go to a hospital.
If you see a blind or hearing person date, think about the potential pitfalls that could arise.
What if the blind date is actually a man?
If the date has a date with deaf people, that would be an issue, because deaf dates are not supposed to date in person, according to The National Federation of the Blind.
Also, if a date ends in a date of death, you’d need to make it clear that it was a date between a man and a woman, according, according the National Federation for the Blind, not a date at all.
How does the date with blind date work?
Most dates are conducted by a blind partner, who is usually a male.
They give each other directions to the date’s location, and then they each take turns putting on their earphones and listening for the date to talk.
Once the date arrives, they can ask the blind person if they’d like to go out to dinner, which the blind partner does.
Then, the blind couple sits down and the date goes out.
After dinner, the couple can sit together in a separate room, and it’s up to them to choose their date’s destination.
Should you be concerned?
There’s a reason why the American Heritage dictionary defines “date” as “the act of meeting a person, especially in public places, with whom one is familiar and accustomed.”
But there’s also an argument that dates with a group of people, like blind dates, aren’t necessarily dates, and therefore shouldn’t be used.
Even if you’re the blind guy’s date, don’t feel like you have to take his word for it.
There are several reasons why it might not be wise for you to go along with the date.
You’re not sure if the person is a friend or a rival, or if you’ll be able with a little help from the blind.
Your date may not be a good match for the blind, or the blind may be a little more willing to go with a person with a serious disability.
In any case, it might be best to wait until the date and figure out whether you really want to go, and whether it’s safe for you and the person to go together.
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