A Complete List Of Every Dating Term You Need To Know In 2018

You're familiar with ghosting, but do you know about caspering?
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Ghosting, benching, obligaswiping. There are about 1,000 ways it can go wrong with you and a new partner. Here's every dating trend you may not know about yet, and the terms you need to start using to survive 2018:

Caspering \kas·per·ing\ n

A friendlier—if still frustrating—type of ghosting. The person hasn't asked you out again, but they usually reply very nicely to your texts.

Daterview \dat·er·vyu\ n

A date that feels less butterfly-inducing and more like you should have brought your CV. You're barraged with a line of questions about school, work, family, where you grew up, etc.

Catch and Release \ kach andri·lees\ vb

When someone puts all their effort into pursuing you until they "catch" you. But as soon as you finally agree to a date, they lose interest in favor of a new target.

Cushioning \ku·shon·ing\ n

When you keep flirting with a few "cushions" (other prospects) just in case your current relationship implodes and you need someone to soften the fall—fast.

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Dicksand \dik·sand\ n

An extremely powerful force that can make a woman become so preoccupied with the guy she's hooking up with that she loses sight of her own identity and disappears on all her friends.

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Lovebombing \lov·bäm·ing\ n

When someone drops over-the-top affection and gifts on you during the beginning of the relationship as an attempt to build trust…but also to establish an unhealthy level of control over you for the long haul.

Matrimania \ma·tri·ma·ne·a\ n

Excessive enthusiasm for weddings and marriage, which annoys your single friends (if you're the one getting hitched) or scares off dates (if you're itching to find The One).

Subbing \sub·ing\ n

Short for subtweeting, or indirectly referencing a love interest in a tweet, FB post, or Instagram caption without ever mentioning their name.

Peacocking \pe·käk·ing\ n

Dressing up in order to gain attention—the way peacocks display their feathers. Can also refer to a dude doing a good deed only to impress you.

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Nonversation \nän·ver·sa·shun\ n

Uninspired banter or small talk with a dating-app match that pretty much goes nowhere, doesn't really appeal to either party, and fails to encourage a date.

Monkeying \mon·ke·ing\ n

Hopping from one relationship to the next without a break in between, like a primate swinging from branch to branch with no intention of slowing down.

Zombieing \zäm·be·ing\ n

The attempt to come back into an ex's life after successfully ghosting out of the relationship months prior. The most common method is sending a random "Heyy" text.


This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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