If you were worried that you’re not hip and with it anymore, this list of newfangled relationship jargon should help confirm your suspicions. Whether you’re single and trying to figure out what it all means, or taken but confused by the terms your uncoupled friends are throwing around, we’ve compiled a list of confusing dating terms we think you should know.
The act of ending a relationship by abruptly ending all communication without forewarning or an explanation. Also known as falling off the face of the earth.
Usage: “Tim hasn’t returned my texts in weeks. He either died in a terrible accident, or I just got ghosted.”
Usage: “Dude, look at Dan trying to wheel that girl! How many more shots is he going to buy her and her friends?”
Juggling numerous potential partners at once in non-exclusive relationships (not to be confused with cheating). Also known as having a really full social card.
Usage: “I have 3 Tinder dates, 4 Plenty of Fish meet ups, and dinner with that guy from the bar this week. Am I megadating like a pro, or what?”
Slowly displaying a lack of interest in a potential love interest’s messages in the hopes that they feel undesired, and subsequently end all further communication without the need for an actual face-to-face conversation. Also known as the lazy technology breakup. Originally coined on Thought Catalog.
Usage: “I texted him, like, a week ago, but then I got the fizzle, so I didn’t respond to his last Facebook message. Meh. ”
When one is involved romantically with a person considered physically inferior to them on a scale of general attractiveness, often leading others to question the motive of the more attractive party.
Usage: “Josh must be really funny, or else why would Cindy be dating down?”
When used in regards to a budding romance, the complicated and subtle give and take between two people who think they may be interested in perusing a potential informal relationship of some kind, to be determined at a later date. A precursor to casually “seeing” someone (not to be confused with actual dating).
Usage: “We’re not together, we’re just TALKING about it, like through Facebook chat.”