Regular readers will recognise this game, but it’s time to make up a new word. This is where I ask ‘why don’t we have a word for this?’ and you bring the clever.
Why don’t we have a word for non-sexual flirting? That particular type of flirting-without-intent you do when you turn on the charm for an elderly neighbour, or a harmless old drunk at the pub, or, to a lesser extent, the banter you have with the barista. Children do it too, with older relatives and family friends. I’ve called it flirting for want of a better word, but it really is non-sexual.
So, over to you. Let’s make up a new word.