THE DATING dictionary
Turns out there’s a whole dictionary of dating lingo, and ghosting isn’t even the worst of it.
DTR: An acronym for ‘define the relationship’, this term is typically used when you’re oh-so-casually trying to figure out what the deal is with your crush.
TEXTLATIONSHIP: This is when you and your crush never quite venture beyond the texting conversation or hang out IRL.
SLOW FADE: Not as dramatic as ghosting, but still really annoying. This is when they seem really interested at first, but over time they let the convo die and make less of an effort to keep in touch.
BREAD-CRUMBING: This is when they give you a compliment and just enough attention to keep ~whatever~ you two have alive, with minimal effort.
BENCHED: Just like being kept on the bench for sports games, this is when you have been chatting with someone and they keep finding ways to avoid actually hanging out in person. In other words, they’re keeping you on the ‘bench’ until it suits them. FYI, this dude is not boyfriend material.
HAUNTING: Has the guy who ghosted you suddenly slid back into your DMs? If so, you’re being haunted. If he does something completely random like follow you on Instagram or ‘like’ a recent picture after no contact, this is his way of reminding you that he exists. If this happens to you, follow Dua’s first rule: “One: don’t pick up the phone.”