The word dare generally means to have the courage or boldness for something. It can be positive (She dared to venture into outer space) or negative (Dont you dare eat the last cookie!)
The verb dare is found in Old English, with the noun form, a challenge or defiance, coming in the 1500s.
Children popularly egg each other on to do a dareor more tauntingly, the double dare. This is when a friend urges another to do something slightly dangerous or humiliating, sometimes as a prank (e.g., I dare you to ding-dong-ditch the neighbors house). Your friend doesnt want to do it? Then double-dog dare them. This pastime inspired the 198090s Nickelodeon show Double Dare involving trivia and slimy, physical challenges.
And then theres the game truth or dare, where players take turns challenging each other to answer personal or difficult questions (truth) or do an unpleasant task (dare). The term truth or dare has been dated to at least the 1930s, though forms of the game run back centuries. As early as the 1600s, for instance, children played a similar game called questions and commands.
These dares are not to be confused with D.A.R.E. In 1983, the school-based drug education program D.A.R.E., short for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, which started in Los Angeles and spread around the U.S. and U.K. Its dont do drugs approach has been criticized over the decades for limited effectiveness, but in the 2010s D.A.R.E. revamped its curriculum to address concerns.