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Here's What These Popular Dating Terms Really Mean

You "ship" us? Are we taking a trip?

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1. Ghosting

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Definition: When the person you're seeing suddenly stops responding to any means of communication. It is literally like they become a complete ghost.

Used in a sentence: "We went on three dates and then she ghosted me."

2. Slow Fade


Definition: Unlike ghosting, the slow fade is a more gradual way of cutting off communication with someone you're seeing. The slow fade is when you begin to respond/interact less and less until you stop talking altogether.

Used in a sentence: "He responds to some of my texts, but I feel like he's giving me the slow fade."

4. Fuckboy

Definition: There are several types of fuckboys. Usually a fuckboy is a guy who isn't very nice to ladies, or doesn't act like a gentleman.

Used in a sentence: "That fuckboy grabbed my ass at the club last night."


5. Shack Pack

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Definition: A small overnight bag of the essentials. This is typically used for a one-night-stand and includes things like a toothbrush, condoms, and a hairbrush. It is the survival kit of one-night-stands.

Used in a sentence: "I forgot my shack pack so I was stuck brushing my teeth with my finger."

6. AF


Definition: AF stands for "as fuck." But it is commonly used to describe someone who is super single. So, someone is "single AF."

Used in a sentence: "I haven't gotten laid in months. I am single AF."

7. Thot


Definition: An acronym for "that hoe over there," though it's usually not translated literally. Thot can be used to describe someone in a negative way, or also can be used in a positive/playful way.

Used in a sentence: "Look at that thot talking to my crush."

8. Ship


Definition: To endorse, support, or approve of two people being together – either friends or people who are romantically involved.

Used in a sentence: "Did you see them kissing last night? I ship those two."


9. FBO


Definition: An acronym for "Facebook official." This is when you change your relationship status on Facebook to "in a relationship" with the person you are seeing.

Used in a sentence: It's getting pretty serious, we might make it FBO soon.

10. Talking

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Definition: Another way of saying you're dating someone without actually admitting you're dating them. These terms are a favorite for those who are afraid of actual commitments.

Used in a sentence: "We've been talking for a couple months. She's cool but it's nothing serious."

11. Thirst Trap

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Definition: A thirst trap is when someone posts a photo to induce "thirst" or longing from someone else in a subtle way. For example, someone could post of a picture of their "new shoes" but really it's just an excuse to share a photo they look hot in.

Used in a sentence: "He uploaded a picture of him and his dog but it was clearly just a thirst trap."

12. Catch and Release

Treehouse Pictures

Definition: This is used to describe someone who just enjoys the chase. So they work really hard to "catch" someone and once they attain them they "release" them.

Used in a sentence: "She doesn't want to settle down. She's the master of the catch and release."