The term "girlfriend" does not necessarily imply a sexual relationship, but is often used to refer to a girl or woman who is dating a male she is not engaged to without indicating whether she is having sex with him.
With differing expectations of sexual mores, the term "dating" can imply romantic activity whereas simply using "friend" would likely avoid implying such intimacy.
He arrives at his dead uncle's estate during the rehearsal the night before the wedding; he starts in, taking his brother aside, trashing marriage.
Later in the men's room, his uncle, who taught Connor all he knows about women, appears to him, confesses to have been wrong, and tells Connor that three ghosts will visit him that night: the ghosts of girlfriends past, present, and future. Can he learn anything from his life and fix what he's broken?
Both forms of "girlfriend" and "girl friend" are used by different people to mean different things.
For example, when the term "girlfriend" is used by a girl or woman about another female in a non-sexual, non-romantic context, the two-word form "girl friend" is sometimes used to avoid confusion with the sexual or romantic meaning; however, this is not a rule.
For a rom-com, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is as dramatic as it could be, more Dickens than Apatow.
The word "dating" entered the American language during the Roaring Twenties.Amanda: I had read that you’re supposed to wear red on a first date. Grayson: A friend had sent me a link to a Date Lab; I’d never heard of it [before that]. Grayson: We moved around quite a bit when I was younger, five states. For me, it was more friendship chemistry, intellectual chemistry. Amanda: I thought it was classy that he waited for my car to come. Grayson: [There was no exchange of numbers] partially because I didn’t want to establish an expectation. The girlfriend was a bit of a turnoff, and the more we talked about dating, the more I started to feel like just friends.I had this perfect red dress planned out, and then one of the buttons popped, so I had to change. I was right behind Madeleine Albright, so I figured we’d be in good company. I want to see it through, so I’ll be here for a while. Part of my job is reading the news every day, and he’s not that interested in politics. Amanda: There was some chemistry, but we’re on different pages. I thought she was more interested than I was romantically. I know I’m not interested, but I really had a great time. Whether or not to talk about old flames, and when, is a touchy subject.Though Greg and Amiira Behrendt, couple co-authors of the book “It’s Just a Freakin’ Date!