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.She wrote of the Americans, "The boy learns to make advances and rely upon the girl to repulse them whenever they are inappropriate to the state of feeling between the pair", as contrasted to the British, where "the girl is reared to depend upon a slight barrier of chilliness...which the boys learn to respect, and for the rest to rely upon the men to approach or advance, as warranted by the situation." This resulted, for example, in British women interpreting an American soldier's gregariousness as something more intimate or serious than he had intended.Fleurette was so distraught that she drowned herself and there is in Nerac a beautiful statue to her as her body was recovered.The story became know across France as a tale of the rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless.Double entendres, with one meaning more formally appropriate and another more suggestive, may be used.Body language can include flicking the hair, eye contact, brief touching, open stances, proximity, etc.
While old-fashioned, this expression is still used in French, often mockingly, but the English gallicism to flirt has made its way and has now become an anglicism.
'conter Fleurette' became a phrase that you might use when a young girl is discarded by a lover.
Since this part of France and Britain were at this time united the word also entered the English language as 'flirting'.
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.
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.