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A personal or personal ad is an item or notice traditionally in the newspaper, similar to a classified ad but personal in nature.  In British English it is also commonly known as an advert in a lonely hearts column.  With its rise in popularity, the World Wide Web has also become a common medium for personals, commonly referred to as online dating.  Personals are generally meant to generate romance, friendship, or casual (sometimes sexual) encounters, and usually include a basic description of the person posting it, and their interests.

Due to newspaper prices being based on characters or lines of text, a jargon of abbreviations, acronyms and code words arose in personals, and have carried over to the internet.

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review by . January 11, 2010
Don't be afraid to try a different approach!
I have heard the same complaint since I was a teenager many moons ago.  For a great many people it is extremely difficult to meet members of the opposite sex.  Certainly there are those individuals who are popular and outgoing by nature who find themselves quite comfortable doing the bar and nightclub scene.  Certainly there is nothing wrong with this approach if that is an atmosphere that you enjoy.  But if I had to hazard a guess there are …
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