personal dates

English translation: doesn't like to be reminded of his age

08:42 May 24, 2017
English language (monolingual) [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / autobiography
English term or phrase: personal dates
A writer was approched by old readers saying that his book formed their reading in boyhood and he didnot response to them. Then he commented "One is not anxious to have one's personal dates handled so unkindly"
What are personal dates in this context. Does the sentence mean that he does not want to be reminded of his agr or something? Please help me. I am in total dark. Thank you in advance, all astute translators!
Jey
Selected answer:doesn't like to be reminded of his age
Explanation:
Yes, I think you're right!

If someone comments "I'm not over 80, and I used to love reading your books when I was a child!", it reminds the author that they too are now elderly.

It's a bit like me, when I hear a song from my youth, and then someone says "Gosh, that's a really old song!"
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Tony M
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Local time: 20:03
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3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +12
doesn't like to be reminded of his age


Explanation:
Yes, I think you're right!

If someone comments "I'm not over 80, and I used to love reading your books when I was a child!", it reminds the author that they too are now elderly.

It's a bit like me, when I hear a song from my youth, and then someone says "Gosh, that's a really old song!"

Tony M
France
Local time: 20:03
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa
8 mins
  -> Thanks, Yasutomo-san!

agree  Jack Doughty: I like Victorian and Edwardian music-hall songs, but that doesn't indicate my age!
13 mins
  -> Thanks, Jack! I remember saying to one of my film students how much I'd liked E.T. when it came out, and he replied "I wasn't even born then!"

agree  INES STOLLWERCK
52 mins
  -> Thanksi, Ines!

agree  B D Finch
1 hr
  -> Thanks, B!

agree  magdadh: And the 1990's were MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO....
3 hrs
  -> Thanks, magdadh! Oh please, DON'T! All my favourite songs now come up on the Golden Oldies shows... and I haven't even got as far as the '80s yet ...

agree  Robert Forstag
3 hrs
  -> Thanks, Robert!

agree  writeaway: yup. asker got it right
5 hrs
  -> Thanks, W/A!

agree  Yvonne Gallagher
6 hrs
  -> Thanks, G!

agree  janejira: Super Thank you very much!!
8 hrs
  -> Thanks, Jane!

agree  AllegroTrans: "dates" being a euphemism for "age"
12 hrs
  -> Thanks, C!

agree  Phong Le
17 hrs
  -> Thanks, Phong Le!

agree  acetran
1 day 1 hr
  -> Thanks, Ace!
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