Men have you been proposed to yet today?

United States
February 29, 2016 8:16pm CST
It's Leap Day, an extra day of the year that only occurs every four years. I've never really thought about Leap Day really. To me it's always been just another day. However, that's not always been the case. A family member brought up the fact that today is the one day (every four years) that it is "acceptable" for a woman to propose to a man. Now a days, while it isn't exactly common practice, it also isn't looked down upon for the woman to do the proposing. In centuries past, however, it just wasn't done. Not until Leap Day that is. Oh and if a man refused? He could owe the said lady either a scarlet petticoat or a pound note for her troubles! I found two bits of information on it, both on facebook. Accessible Archives on Facebook has a bit about it. The other was a personal page but was essentially an image.
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@patgalca (13804)
• Orangeville, Ontario
1 Mar 16
Well, I was thinking of proposing to Zak Bagans but I'm already married.
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• United States
1 Mar 16
But if you could and he refused, would you rather the pound or the petticoat?
@patgalca (13804)
• Orangeville, Ontario
1 Mar 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum I know he'd refuse. He gets hundreds of proposals a week. I'll take the pound, if you're talking about money.
• United States
1 Mar 16
@patgalca Yes money, definitely money. I'd rather have pounds deducted if we are talking about the other kind.
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@MALUSE (28697)
• Denmark
1 Mar 16
Many interesting and also strange customs are associated with Leap Day and Leap Year.
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• United States
1 Mar 16
Yes. Many different beliefs and superstitions as well. Of course for me it's just another day added to a year. Some say it's a lucky year for them.
@Platespinner (16595)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
1 Mar 16
I didn't actually propose to my husband, and it definitely wasn't a leap day...but I did ask him if our relationship was going anywhere or whether I should move on .
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• United States
1 Mar 16
The only relationship where I took the initiative was that between my ex husband and I. He did propose to me for marriage, but essentially I proposed dating!
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@JESSY3236 (4516)
• United States
1 Mar 16
I'm not a man. But I did propose to my fiance (boyfriend back then). Of course now he won't give a wedding date.
• United States
1 Mar 16
I've always been shy in relationships but with my ex, I did do the proposing (to date). He proposed marriage.
@JESSY3236 (4516)
• United States
2 Mar 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum I did both to date and marriage.
@Asylum (45912)
• Manchester, England
1 Mar 16
This is one of those stories that everyone knows about, but very few people have probably ever heard of this happening.
• United States
1 Mar 16
True, I certainly don't know of any women proposing marriage.
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@Asylum (45912)
• Manchester, England
1 Mar 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum These days far less couples even bother to get married at all.
• United States
1 Mar 16
I read another post about her proposing to her husband. Now I recall its leap year I heard this too!!
• United States
1 Mar 16
I had heard about it a long time ago but hadn't thought of it until the family member reminded me. Crazy how many things are common now that were faux pas back when.
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@JolietJake (36243)
2 Mar 16
I keep waiting for a woman to propose something to me, but it's usually only Mary Thumb and her four sisters...