As a single, never-married woman in my 40's, I have been questioned endlessly about my status by friends, relatives, and co-workers.  Over the years I've noticed a subtle change in the nature of their inquiries.

In my teens, friends would ask, "Whom are you going out with this weekend?"

In my 20's, relatives would say, "Whom are you dating?"

In my 30's, co-workers might inquire, "So, are you dating anyone?"

Now people ask, "Where did you get that adorable purse?"