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Little black book

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Little black book

Nancy Matos

Reader Question: little black book

“I've talked to many men who claimed that being a nice guy just doesn't work with women. The guy with the little black book, who might or might not call, who acts as if he could care less whether you go out with him or not, seems to be the one with all the women.”

Could you explain “the little black book”?

My comments: Now just about obsolete in this day and age of “Blackberrys” and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants or “Palm Pilots”) a “little black book” is an address book where you can keep phone numbers, addresses and important information about people you know, from friends to family or work colleagues.

But in the context given in the example above, the little black book is being referred to for its most famous use—storing information about one’s past girlfriends/boyfriends. Men are associated with the use of the little black book more often and may even boast about how many names and numbers of girls they have listed. In some cases, the book is merely used to rate or tally past sexual escapades for later reference.

In the 1980-90s sitcom “Cheers” the character Sam Malone, well-known for his luck with the ladies, kept a little black book. He was seen referring to it in several episodes, in cases such as when he couldn’t remember a certain woman and needed to look up her stored details, or when he needed a last-minute date. There is also a 2004 romantic comedy (if you can call it that as it was neither romantic nor funny) called “Little Black Book” starring Brittany Murphy. It’s about a woman who snoops in her boyfriend’s little black book, which in this case is a Palm Pilot (it’s 2004 after all) to find out more about his past girlfriends. It’s a very mediocre film and not really worth watching, however, unless you like watching bad actors deliver lame dialogue.


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About the author:

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.