Millennial dating lingo you should know

Jean Philippe Delberghe

If you’ve spent time in the online dating world, it’s likely you’ve been victim to at least one of these behaviours, even if you don’t know what it’s called. Being across the lingo isn’t just about keeping up with the cool kids, it can also be healing and empowering to know what happened to you has a label — and that you’re not alone. Wedding Affair brings to you a well-explained glossary of dating terms you need to know in the 21st century.


When someone puts a potential relationship on ice for the sake of a more promising one. They may revisit the benched person if the other option falls through. It’s great for the bencher who basically gets a captain’s pick of romantic partner, but if you’re playing the role of benchwarmer, it probably doesn’t feel as good.


Like leaving a trail of bread crumbs, breadcrumbing is when someone leads a romantic interest on. They keep attention from afar by dropping little bits of attention here and there, whether it be a text or Instagram ‘like’. Sucks to be Hansel or Gretel in this storyline.


If dating a flame isn’t going swell, one or both people might begin flirting with others to cushion the final break-up blow. You’re starting to test-drive other models before you’ve returned the keys for what you’re currently operating.


Ghosting, Cloaking, Haunting, Submarining & Zombieing

Brutal and unexpected. Ghosting is when someone cuts contact with a person they’re seeing on all channels without warning. Basically, it’s a coward’s way of ending a relationship. Where ghosting just sees a potential love interest go quiet on all channels of communication, getting cloaked means they have blocked you as well. Haunting is when the ghoster continues to watch the ghosted person’s Instagram stories, or like their posts. Submarining is when the person pops up again out of the blue acting like nothing ever happened. Just like a submarine. Zombieing is when your ex comes back from the grave to say “hi”.


When the effort in dating is one-sided, that is firedooring (because fire escapes only open from one side). For example, a romantic interest may never reply to your texts, but you’ll hear from them when they want something.


When someone lets a former dating fling know they are still interested by still liking their social media posts. Easier than picking up the phone and dialing their number or showing up on the doorstep?

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