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Bonny Albo

Dating Slang Terms

By September 11, 2012

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I'm a huge fan of some of the slang terms used both in the past and currently with regards to dating and relationships, and love realizing how much I take for granted some of the words I use daily that might not make a lot of sense to someone not familiar with the English language, or even someone not familiar with regional variations. For instance, hooking up is an oft-used slang term, but the age of the person using it as well as where they live will determine what "hooking up" really means. For some, hooking up refers to having casual sex, others use it to define casual dating or friends with benefits, while for yet others it means merely spending time together.

Every subset of the dating world seems to have its own slang terms as well. Pickup artists use words like kino, avatar and peacocking, folks in the UK refer to sailor's elbows, relationship therapists are hearing words like umfriend, textationship and exing being used by their clients, and poly folks refer to slang terms like NRE, abundant love, and open relationships.

Do you have any slang terms that you use to refer to a partner, a relationship or a fling? What are they, and how did they get started?

September 11, 2009 at 3:07 pm
(1) Margie says:

Kino is something that is essential for love. I just became engaged to a great guy through Linx Dating and my matchmaker taught me love, respect, touch, and communication.

September 11, 2012 at 9:35 am
(2) Kimberly James,Find Your Plus One says:

As a Matchmaker with Find Your Plus One, an online dating site, one of the terms that seems to often confuse out daters is “hanging out”. It is a vague term that leaves a lot of gray area. For some, hanging out is the launch pad prior to officially dating, for others, it can mean, there’s nothing more here,this is a casual situation that is not going anywhere. We look at the term “hanging out” almost like dating limbo – you are spending time together but you do not have any real claims on each other. This can be a challenging place to be if one party has stronger feelings than the other.

September 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm
(3) Matrimonium says:

Why so many slang terms ? How about plain dictionary english ?

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