This use was highly popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Flirting can indicate an interest in a deeper personal relationship with another person.Some people flirt simply for amusement, with no intention of developing any further relationship.For instance, placing the fan near the heart meant "I love you", while opening a fan wide meant "Wait for me".In Spain, where the use of fans (called "abanicos") is still very popular today, ladies used them to communicate with suitors or prospective suitors without attracting the notice of their families or chaperons.For example, kissing might be an early step in the American pattern but a relatively intimate act in the English pattern.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.This may be accomplished by communicating a sense of playfulness or irony.Double entendres (where one meaning is more formally appropriate, and another more suggestive) may be used.
Flirting can involve non-verbal signs, such as an exchange of glances, hand-touching, and hair-touching; or verbal signs, such as chatting, giving flattering comments, and exchanging telephone numbers in order to initiate further contact.In the 21st century flirting is increasingly taking place in instant messaging and other social media.Flirting varies a great deal from culture to culture.According to social anthropologist Kate Fox, there are two main types of flirting: flirting just for fun and flirting with further intent.
Flirting for fun can take place between friends, co-workers, or total strangers that wish to get to know each other.
Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” — NIV “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.