Flirting usually involves speaking and behaving in a way that suggests a mildly greater intimacy than the actual relationship between the parties would justify, though within the rules of social etiquette, which generally disapproves of a direct expression of sexual interest in the given setting.This may be accomplished by communicating a sense of playfulness or irony.For, hinei, the winter is past, the geshem (rain) is over and gone; The flowers appear on ha’aretz; the time of zemer (song, singing of birds) has come; and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in Artzeinu (our Land); The te’enah (fig tree) putteth forth her early figs, and the vines with the tender grape give forth fragrance. She observed in the flirtations between the American soldiers and British women a pattern of misunderstandings regarding who is supposed to take which initiative.
Flirting with intent plays a role in the mate-selection process.The person flirting will send out signals of sexual availability to another, and expects to see the interest returned in order to continue flirting.Flirting or coquetry is a social and sexual behavior involving verbal or written communication, as well as body language, by one person to another, either to suggest interest in a deeper relationship with the other person, or if done playfully, for amusement.In most cultures, it is socially disapproved for a person to make explicit sexual advances in public, or in private to someone not romantically acquainted, but indirect or suggestive advances may at times be considered acceptable.Japanese courtesans had another form of flirting, emphasizing non-verbal relationships by hiding the lips and showing the eyes, as depicted in much Shunga art, the most popular print media at the time, until the late 19th century.
The fan was extensively used as a means of communication and therefore a way of flirting from the 16th century onwards in some European societies, especially England and Spain.The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing[d] has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.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.A whole sign language was developed with the use of the fan, and even etiquette books and magazines were published.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.