The Periodic Table of Dating

Do you know your cuffing from your catfishing?

Probably not. The dating game has fast become a proverbial minefield of new fangled dating terms, none of which we could recall all at once or perhaps even get our heads around for that matter. There are a huge number of words and terms now closely associated with dating that haven’t been before, so it’s no wonder as to why we’re all a bit confused when we’re faced with online news and magazine articles littered with words like freckling and ghosting and breadcrumbing. However, don’t sweat it. I’ve got something that’ll help…

Oh and I’ve picked out a few of my personal favourites for your troubles

Cushioning

Having on hand a second option to turn to should your relationship fail, and you want to soften those feelings of rejection.

Breadcrumbing

Leaving someone hopeful of keeping the relationship alive by offering just the right amount of attention.

Cuffing Season

The time during winter when those usually content with casually dating or being single, decide they’d prefer to be in a committed relationship.

NSA

No Strings attached.

Freckling

A summer fling which disperses as the winter sets in.

FBO

Facebook Official.

Peacocking

Gaining attention, just a like a peacock, by dressing up for Instagram and possibly IRL.

Catfishing

Using social media to shape multiple false identities with the intentions of pursuing online relationships.

Kittenfishing

Using old or edited photos to present a less than accurate profile.

Sexting

Sending or receiving sexual content with another, mainly by phone.

Fauxbae’ing

Pretending to have a significant other on social media, though single.

FWB

Friends with Benefits.

Half Night Stand

Leaving as soon as sex is over rather than staying the night.

Open Relationship

Both partners agree they can sleep with other people.

LDR

Long Distance Relationship.

Phubbing

Preferring to look at your phone rather than your date.

Friend Zone

One person wants to be just friends, but the other’s interested in something more.

F**kboy

The bad boy womaniser who causes heartbreak.

R-Bombed

When your message is read but not responded to.

Submarining

Messaging someone weeks after ghosting them, completely oblivious.

Sapiosexual

A person who finds the intellect of someone one of the most sexist things about them.

Grafting

Working hard to get another person to like you.

Snack

Someone so attractive you want to just to eat them.

Love Bombing

Giving someone the cold shoulder after offering them an elaborate dating experience.

Stealthing

When a man takes their condom off during sex, despite not informing or asking for his partner’s consent.

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So, time to do some revision boys and girls. Oh and if any have been missed out, do let me know. Don’t phub your partner in the process to find out though, you don’t want to ignore a snack like that, especially when you’re FBO. Although, I would be interested if you did know of any. I’m quite the etymologist and with that being said, I suppose I’m a sapiosexual IRL too.

See what I did there? 

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