Mem­oirs of a Mad­man*

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

OR the Mad­man des­per­ately seek­ing that sig­nif­i­cant other, on­line dat­ing avoids all the un­nec­es­sary fuss of get­ting to know some­one face to face, only to dis­cover dur­ing a date at a very ex­pen­sive res­tau­rant that you’re to­tally in­com­pat­i­ble.

This thereby saves you both time and money – both of which are in pre­cious short sup­ply for the Mad­man.

Last week I stressed the im­por­tance of try­ing to strike a bal­ance be­tween hon­esty and sales­man­ship in your on­line dat­ing ad.

The prob­lem is that even when you’re be­ing hon­est in your pro­file, peo­ple may mis­in­ter­pret what you say.

Dur­ing my ex­ten­sive re­search for this col­umn, I dis­cov­ered that there is an on­line dat­ing dic­tionary to de­code what your pro­file says about you.

For ex­am­ple, phrases such as ‘ad­ven­tur­ous’ are de­ci­phered as ‘per­vert’ and ‘mod­ern man’ sug­gests ‘We’ll be split­ting the bill 50/50’.

I can add a few more to these, since ‘good sense of hu­mour’ in my ex­pe­ri­ence equals ‘I’m David Brent’ and list­ing un­der ‘per­sonal in­ter­ests’ that you en­joy DIY says ‘I want to spend my Bank Hol­i­day week­ends wan­der­ing around Home­base with hol­lowed eyes or

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