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CLEO’s Glossary of Dating Terms for 2018

Text Monisha Sivanesan

Let’s get real — if you’re on the prowl for love in 2018, you’ll know that the modern dating world is kinda like a battlefield. Navigating through the chaos involves being armed with the know-how to tread carefully and act swiftly to reach the other side towards the realm of romantic bliss.

As we all know, communication is key for getting (and keeping) a beau which becomes tricky when viral slangs change quicker than Beyonce’s costume changes for Coachella. Ergo, finding the right words to express your needs, desires and self can get a lil’ frustrating and confusing sometimes. If you don’t keep-up-to-date, you may think DTR is “dance the robot” instead of “define the relationship”. Yikes.

Breathe in, breathe out. Don’t fret, we’ve got your back. Whether you’re single AF or have already achieved girlfriend status, it never hurts to stock up on some knowledge especially when it’ll help improve your mad game. 

Whether you’re Insta-official or just single and ready to mingle, keeping up with the latest lingo is always a must so check out our round-up of dating terms for 2018! Here are the top 10 noteworthy ones to save in your back pocket, so swipe on.

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dating term 1: “DICKSAND

It’s like quicksand, but with lots of D

Get Out of that sinkhole! Just like quicksand that sucks you in with just one misstep, dicksand is when a woman gets too caught up in her obsession with her boo (or dick appointment meet-ups) to the point where she loses her own identity, forgoes her responsibilities and ghosts loved ones. However, this can also happen to those experiencing first love as they’re usually stuck in a love bubble where no one else matters but their partner.

“I remember being annoyed when my best friend who entered her first relationship practically abandoned me for her boyfriend in the beginning of her relationship and got quickly stuck in some dicksand, but I got over it after a while when I remembered that I kinda did the same to her with my first boyfriend too. So I guess it’s just a learning curve.” — Natalie, 21

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