The passive-agressive, real-time technique a girl will use to cancel a date with a guy, starting with an initial postponing ("seeing a friend from out of town!"), a second postponing ("my friend is late, sorry!") and ending with outright cancellation, often without a second date suggestion ("Sorry, can't make it tonight! Talk soon")
The three-part text message cancellation goes as follows:
Girl: Hey, yeah, my friend Anna is in town for the night, and we'll just get dinner. Meet afterward for drinks?
Girl: Yeah, so she's kind of down, I'm gonna have a couple of drinks with her, is that okay?
Guy: Yeah, I'll see you later.
Girl: Okay so Anna is sleeping over, girl's night in. Really sorry.
Guy: Okay, so we do this later then?
The complete strangers you talk to at a house party who are assembled around the neutral, alcohol friendly zone of the kitchen counter. Like you, they may know only a few people at the party, including the super-mingling host, and are looking for counterfriends.
If it weren't for my counterfriends, I would've been standing next to the wall for two hours!