The True Meaning πŸ™Š of 13 Popular πŸ“ˆ Dating Terms πŸ—― You Need to Know πŸ€” if You're on the Market πŸ’ ...

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Each generation brings us new slang, but perhaps the most confusing and important words are the dating terms.

You can survive without knowing what "lit" or "hunty" mean, but not understanding basic relationship terminology can seriously damage your social life!

For example, texting "DTR" versus "DTF"can be the deciding factor of whether or not the guy you like is destined to be your boyfriend or a simple hookup.

Lucky for you, independent.co.uk has defined all the most relevant current dating terms for you!

1. Ghosting

While this term is relatively new, the act of ghosting existed long before the dawn of online dating.

But what does it mean?

Ghosting occurs when someone you’re dating suddenly stops making any contact, giving no signs at all that they’re no longer interested.

It’s usually a result of them being too afraid to tell you they don’t want to take things any further.2

β€œOne moment you are flirting back and forth after a handful of dates, the next you are checking your phone incessantly, bewildered at why this person you had a connection with has so abruptly dropped off the face of the earth.”

2. Slow Fade

Similar to ghosting, this is a more drawn-out version, β€œwhere someone you are chatting to or seeing gradually cuts you off, making less and less effort with being in touch.”

3. Thirst Trap

This term is most commonly used to describe a social media photo that's posted to intentionally create attention.For example, if a person was to caption an image "I love my new watch", but the photo is zoomed in on their half-naked body, that would be considered a thirst trap.2

4. Cuffing Season

We all know someone guilty of this.

It’s a term that refers to the winter months where people who are usually happily single seek out a committed relationship.

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