10 Dating Slang Terms You Need to Know

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7. Tindering

You probably could've figured this one out on your own (assuming you know what Tinder is), but we feel like most people don't use the verb form a whole lot. We've embraced "Googling" and "Facebooking" as a society, so isn't it only appropriate that we give the dating/social media app its own verb too? "Being on Tinder" sounds so passive, like you're just existing on the app for others to swipe. "Tindering" seems much more action-based, for when you're actively swiping left and right across people's Facebook photos. It's like any slightly gross subject, the more you talk about it, the less weird it seems.

6. Slow Fade

For a long time, we thought this one had something to do with "catching a fade" (see: getting beat up), so we were a little confused when people told us about the guys/ladies they were "slow fading." As it turns out, a "slow fade" is just when someone gradually ceases communicating with a person who was interested in him/her. It's not exactly cutting someone off cold turkey, it's more of a gentle letdown where those text message responses drift further and further apart. We generally don't have a problem with telling someone to take a hike when we're no longer interested in them, but this seems like it'd be suited for all of those passive types out there.


"That Ho Over There." The beauty of the acronym "THOT" is that it doesn't have to be any specific "hoe" or any specific place. It can be universally used and is completely inclusive. A "THOT" might be a random person you hooked up with, or it might just be someone you see on social media who you don't see as being proper dating material. An oversimplified way to look at it is, if you're not a "bae" to someone, then you might be a "THOT" to them.

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Josh Chesler
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