—speed date v.
Of course, if you actually dated 10 people in one evening you might pass out from exhaustion and would certainly wind up with an unflattering nickname if your scheme were ever discovered. Enter speed dating, which requires almost no training except for the ability to stand up, sit down and move a seat to your right every time you hear a bell.
The premise of speed dating is to bring together a group of men and women who will each spend three minutes together to see whether they hit it off. Each person involved carries something resembling a scorecard, which at some point during the "date" they mark to indicate whether they would like to see the person again or not.
—Eric Edwards, "Speed dating is casual and offers low expectations," Chicago Tribune, June 6, 2002
—Helen Rumbelow, "High-speed daters may find their love's labour's lost," The Times (London), January 31, 2003
You're stuck. So is the conversation. With glazed eyes, you ask about his favorite color and wonder if you'll end up alone like Aunt Pat, living with too many cats, cutting coupons and kvetching about the weather.
Solution? If you're Jewish and dating in Southern California, you may want to try "speed dating," an innovative strategy for the weary lovelorn sponsored by Aish HaTorah, a synagogue and international Jewish outreach network
—Elaine Gale, "Quick-fire matches," Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2000