DATING SLANG 101
Circa Campus hit the streets of Washington, D.C., New York City and Florida to see how up to date millennials are on the newest dating terms.
Have you ever heard of catfishing? Ghosting? Alright...we’ll be real - you’ve probably been ghosted once or twice. You know what it is.
These terms have entered our social vocabulary as relationships get more and more complicated with the advent of social media.
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Language is a constantly evolving system, and for good reason. Goodbye started as an abbreviation of “God be with you”- proving that chatspeak has always been around.
We’ve stepped in to speed up the natural evolution of language. Here are three terms that already exist:
Situationship: a situation where you’re not exactly dating, but you’re doing way more than just “talking”. (aka hooking up but with some feelings involved, etc.)
Cushioning: keeping a sort of "roster" of back-ups just in case your current situationship doesn’t work out.
Kittenfishing: presenting yourself on a dating app in an unrealistically positive way, like using photos that are a few years too old, or overly photo-shopped.
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And here are some that...well, we just made up. And honestly? We’re kind of surprised we ever got by without terms like:
Personality Osmosis: stealing personality traits from your friends/previous relationships because you think it’ll make you more dateable.
One Hit Wonder: someone you text for a full day and then never again.
Poltergeisting: ghosting while being ghosted, either by the same person or two separate people.
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Purgatory: when you’re about to have that “what are we” conversation and don’t know how it’ll end.
Ex-Enhancement: Talking up your ex to make them sound better because you’re embarrassed that you dated them.
Tinder Death: When you run out of swipes or people in your area.
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What’s interesting is that, like kittenfishing, some of these terms just could not have existed more than a few years ago.
Try telling someone from 2007 what Tinder death is. And if you do, let me know how much that Delorean cost.
Are you going to implement any of these terms into your pop culture lexicon? I really think poltergeisting has some potential.
Circa Campus correspondent Nicole Soto from the University of Florida got the latest on this new dating lingo. Watch this video for the full details!