When it comes to modern dating, it can be an absolute headfuck. It’s a minefield of swiping left and right, game playing and an ever-changing set of rules. So, single ladies, do yourself a favour and make sure you’re at least up to speed with the latest dating lingo…
Ghosting is when the person you’re dating does a vanishing act and cuts all communication without warning. It may be the easiest way to dump someone as it avoids having that difficult conversation – but it usually causes the ghostee a lot of hurt and confusion.
Equally as savage, this is the practice of deliberately leading someone on by leaving a digital ‘breadcrumb’ trail. According to Urban Dictionary, breadcrumbing is when “the crush has no intention of taking things further but they like the attention, so they flirt here or there and send DMs and texts just to keep the person interested, knowing damn well they’re staying single”.
To receive a cream pie in the face – aka to be dumped.
Love Island fans will already be well versed in this one but basically, it’s when a woman is sexually attracted to someone and gets butterflies in her intimate area.
Dicksand is like quicksand but with dicks – or put more eloquently, when a girl is obsessed with a guy and gets totally sucked into his world and nothing else matters. It was made famous by Rebel Wilson’s character in How to Be Single.
“In the same way that monkeys swing from branch to branch without touching the ground, someone who goes from relationship to relationship with no downtime in between is said to be monkeying,” says dating app Bumble.
Kittenfishing is an online dating trend that’s similar to catfishing (pretending to be someone you’re not) and almost as shady. Coined by dating app Hinge, it involves a potential date deceiving you by presenting themselves in an unrealistically positive way. For example, they have old or heavily edited photos on their dating profile, and/or have told a few white lies in their bio.
You know that former flame who watches every single one of your Instagram Stories? Well, according to Man Repeller writer Anna Iovine, they are ‘orbiting’ you. It’s where they are “keeping you in their orbit – close enough to see each other; far enough to never talk,” she wrote.
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