'Dracula-ing' And Other New Dating Terms That Tinder Has Got Spot On

If you thought you knew how to talk the dating talk, we've got some news for you.

Once again the dating world has our heads spinning. No sooner had we mastered "ghosting" and "gaslighting" than we get the news that Tinder have a whole bunch more terms related to dating.

If it isn't hard enough navigating the world of looking-for-love already, then look out, people -- you're going to have to deal with a whole lot more.

Like the aformentioned "Dracula-ing".

That's when the person who only surfaces in the dead of night hits you with the “u up” text. Oh, Tinder, we've all been there. In our day it was a booty call, amiright?

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But wait, as they say, there's more. So much more.

How about "deflexting"? That's when someone blatantly ignores a question you ask via text (like “when are we hanging next?”) and brings up a totally different subject, making you feel awkward.


Then there is a "Oh so up to the minute" term. Being "Bird Boxed". That's being blind to just how bad your partner/the person you’re seeing is (and named after the Netflix movie starring Sandra Bullock).

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The rest of the list is equally disturbing because they just GET US, right? And even though we didn't know we needed names for these things, now we have them, we feel validated. And a bit violated.

  • Exagger-date: The act of embellishing a date so as to suggest it went way better than it actually did.
  • Buzz-erflies: The feeling you get when your phone buzzes, and it’s the maybe-special someone you’ve been waiting to hear from all day.

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  • S.O. stalemate: When neither party will start the define-the-relationship conversation, leading to no relationship progress whatsoever.
  • Insta-gator: The person who initiates contact or first publicises a relationship via social media by tagging, DM-ing or posting a photo of you two. Can be good or bad.
  • Three-dot disappearing act: The act of starting to type a message and then stopping, causing the three dots in your conversation to keep vanishing and popping up in a wholly torturous cycle.
  • iPhony: The person who constantly says, “I’ll text you!” but never makes good on their promise.

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