The dating world can be very confusing especially when there seems to be new lingo or slang or terms or acronyms emerging every day – fear not, I’m here to help clarify things a little for you.
Dating Lingo Defined
Here are some of the most common terms you might encounter …
Catfishing: tricking someone via a fake online profile (dating or social media), you might get a sob story, they might ask for money. [Read: How To Spot A Catfish – My Own Catfish Adventure]
Ghosting: someone that disappears into thin air or into a black hole after a date or two, or even chatting, it happens out of nowhere. A slow fade is when they slowly ghost out of your life. [Read: What To Do When You’ve Been Ghosted]
Textationship/Textual Relationship: communication online / on phone that feels like a real relationship, great chemistry, great rapport but never results in a real face to face encounter or romantic relationship IRL (in real life) [Read: Online Dating and All You Are Getting Are Textationships?]
Hang Out/Talking: when someone asks you to “hang out”, they’re asking you to go on a date that really isn’t a date, it’s casual, non-committal, it keeps the options open and lends itself to friend zones and casual sex rather than relationships – or “talking” it’s not official.
Zombie/Haunting: just when you think someone has disappeared out of your life, perhaps they’ve ghosted, but they reappear, like the undead, lurking and testing the casual waters, you get random texts and perhaps a booty call in the middle of the night.
Breadcrumbing/Benching: giving you just enough contact and hope to keep you attached but never really committing. You’re usually their backup plan. [Read: How To Know You’re Dating A Time Waster]
Here are some others you might have heard of …
Cuffing / Uncuffing: cuffing season is usually during winter when people really want to have someone in their life because of holidays and cold weather. Uncuffing season is when the weather is nice and people enjoy being single and mingling.
Thirsty: being a thirsty single is being a desperate single … people can smell desperation a mile away and it usually makes them run for the hills. Thirsty singles are prime targets for catfishers. [Read: Why Desperation and Insecurity are NOT Attractive When Dating]
Catch & Release: refers to daters who are one-date-wonders, they lure you in, you have a fantastic date and then they move on looking for the next exciting thrill. They thrive on the chase rather than looking for the actual relationship.
FWB (Friends with Benefits): a “friend” that you have casual sex with, it rarely results in a real romantic relationship. [Read: Does Friends With Benefits Work?]
Netflix & Chill: refers to an “at home date” under the guise of watching Netflix but there are ulterior motives of sex. [Read: Is A Home Date Really a Date?]
Monkeying: bouncing from date to date, relationship to relationship, like a monkey swinging from trees to trees in the jungle.
Watch my CTV Morning Live Ottawa segment defining some of these terms …
READERS: Are there any I missed? Would you add any to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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