I usually don't use English in my daily life for communication purposes, so I rarely use the word "date". But I feel the moment someone tries to establish the outing as a date, it spoils/dampens the mood or just creates unncessary expectations.
Most Helpful Girl
Not at all. I always appreciated when a guy was clear about his expectations. A guy might ask me to "hang out" with him and I have no idea what that means. It could be just friends hanging out or it might be a date. There have been several times a guy asked me to hang out, and I had to idea he meant a date until later.1
Most Helpful Guy
Hmmm... maybe if you smoothly use the phrase "pardon miss, would you like to go out for a Designated Aquaintance Time of Eating..."
Yes? Oh what jolly fun for you to join me on this D. A. T. E.
Dont use the word date unless you have a plan to back out and claim you were kidding.1