7 Terms You Should Know If You’re Dating These Days

It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s useful.

1. Catfishing

Originated from the American documentary Catfish, the term refers to someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.

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2. Ghosting

The term refers to the act of breaking off a relationship (often used in the context of intimate relationships) by ceasing all communication and contact with the former partner without any apparent warning or justification, as well as avoiding and/or ignoring and refusing to respond in any way to the former partner’s attempts to reach out or communicate.

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3. Backsliding

It means to go back to talking to, dating, or having sex with an ex. The backslider tends to be the person who broke it off, but not always.

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4. On the hook

Keeping someone on the hook is just like it sounds—you’re dropping enough hints to keep someone interested in you, even though you’re not interested in them. Synonyms to this are leading on, bread crumbing, and benching.

5. Cuffing Season

Cuffing season is that period of time between fall and the dead of winter when people start looking for someone they can spend those long, frigid months with. It’s the act of finding a significant other for the sole purpose of staying warm in the winter.

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6. Catch and Release

The term for someone who dates for the thrill of the chase rather than seeking a relationship. This is someone who stops showing interest after you almost reach relationship status.

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7. Friends with benefits

Two friends who have a sexual relationship without being emotionally involved. Typically, two good friends who have casual sex without a monogamous relationship or any kind of commitment.

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