Dating site lingo
Dating site lingo
HATFISHING: wearing a hat to trick people into thinking you’re more attractive, often used to cover up baldness or an unfortunate hair situation.
We rounded up a few common and some more obscure terms to help you keep your dating game on point.
Unlike the French version, when you go Brazilian they take the hair off the top and sides of the bikini line, but also the way under and around the back, too. If you want to feel totally smooth and hairless, go Brazilian.
Just like with a French wax, when having a Brazilian you can ask for whatever shape you like, many people opt for a landing strip, but another popular option is the Bermuda triangle.
“I honestly use these terms at least once a day,” said Shim, who has been on dating apps Tinder and Bumble in the past, but deleted them and vows to only date people she meets IRL (in real life).
While it may seem like these terms are all describing new things — and many of them are — creating lexicon for dating is something each generation does, depending on the cultural practices at the time.
“It used to be that you would ‘pin’ a girl and that would mean you’re going steady,” she said, a practice where a man would give his girlfriend one of his pins, for example a fraternity pin, which she would wear as a sign they were together.“Nowadays, you only know if someone’s going steady if there’s a Facebook update that says so,” said Tagliamonte, referring to how users of the social media platform can set a status to say they’re “in a relationship.” For Shim, new terms, such as “catfishing” — creating a fake social media persona to trick someone into having an online relationship with them — describe situations that have only really been possible since social media became commonplace.
“I’ve definitely mildly ghosted people,” she said, a practice of cutting off all contact with someone without any explanation.SITUATIONSHIP: If you’re not in a relationship, but you’re not just casually dating the person you’re seeing, you’re in a situationship, or a “complicated” type of relationship that could include being friends with benefits.FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: Sure, you’re friends — and you’re definitely not dating — but you also occasionally cross the line when it’s convenient.GHOSTING: ending a relationship with someone by suddenly cutting off all contact with them, with zero explanation.ZOMBIE-ING: When someone you used to share a relationship with contacts you out of the blue.It resembles a traditional bikini line wax (with just a neat triangle of hair left) but minus the fluff on your labia and bum.