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The New Penguin English Dictionary (1986) says that an admirer is “a woman’s suitor.” The New Oxford American Dictionary, which comes bundled with Apple’s OS/X operating system, defines it somewhat differently. It says that an admirer is “someone who has a particular regard for someone or something.”

I prefer the latter definition. Using the former definition, only women can have admirers. I’m a man. That doesn’t seem fair to me.

Using the latter definition, I can have admirers too. That works for me.

I don’t, to the best of my knowledge, currently have any admirers. Nor, to the best of my knowledge, have I ever had any admirers. And I’d be shocked beyond belief to find that the best of my knowledge was incorrect on those points. What’s more, I don’t expect to ever have any admirers. But I live in hope so I want to keep my options open.

(Note that I said I live in hope, not in Hope. I don’t live in a city, town or village named Hope. I live in Toronto. Besides, it was an admittedly weak attempt at a joke. I don’t live in hope. I’m hopeless. Did I mention I’m single? I wonder why.)

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