Finding love in the 21st century is as confusing as ever. As if it wasn’t daunting enough, navigating sex and dating requires deciphering a whole clusterfuck of modern vocab. There’s a lot about dating that’s the same as it ever was, but with these handy terms in your back pocket, you won’t have to nod along when someone says that some guy is ‘sus’ with his ‘zombieing’ behavior. Read on to find out what those, as well as some other of these newfangled dating terms mean in our dating slang cheat sheet.
[behn-ching] (v): when you start dating someone, but you don’t know if they have bf/gf potential. Instead of deciding, you put them in your mental “maybe” folder.
“Her lingerie selfie was a total thirst trap. She’s obsessed with male validation.”
[toon-ing] (n): Just flirtation. Nothing more, nothing less.
“We’re just doing some old-fashioned tuning. The attention is great, plus he’s cute and nice.”
[uhn-kuff-ing] (v): well “cuffing season” is finding a significant other in time for the holidays so you don’t feel lonely. ‘Uncuffing’ is when one or both parties take off their snow goggles and decides to move on.
“We both agreed it’s time to uncuff so we can find booty calls before Valentine’s Day.”
[zohm-bee-ing] (v): when the person who ghosted you reaches out to you randomly.
“Did this dude seriously just send me a “U up?” text?! We haven’t spoken since the night we drunkenly hooked up. I’m being zombied.”