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It’s slightly less romantic than asking you out on a date using actual words, but it’s become fairly common to text and use acronyms as a way to defer any possibility of feeling rejected.
That doesn’t mean you should say no to an F2F offer, but you can respond with the following: “If you want to meet me, then you need to actually ask me out.” When he or she steps up their game, you’ll know they’re worth meeting in person. IRL This acronym stands for “in real life.” It’s used when discussing something that is happening offline.
It can be a little overwhelming to navigate all the new terminology out there these days, especially if you’re just dipping your toe back into the dating pool after a long absence.
But you’ll be surprised just how quickly you can catch on.
For those who need an online dating glossary (or general internet abbreviation glossary), we have put together a list of the most common online dating lingo and terms you’ll need to know.
Couples with no future tend to break up at the beginning of drafting season in order to have the opportunity to meet new people in time for cuffing season. Benching Benching is the new “ghosting.” The prospect doesn’t disappear, but rather puts you “on the bench” just in case.
It happens when a person who you went on a seemingly great date with doesn’t plan another, yet he or she sends you a random text every few weeks just to keep you interested in case they change their mind (or get bored). F2F F2F stands for “face-to-face.” This term is used when an online prospect wants to meet you in person.
This type of short form slang was used initially to help reduce the time typing.
Most acronyms are the first letter of each word in the phrase capitalized. You can search this dating acronyms list and website for a particular word or search the full text to find every reference of the acronym, word and/or phrase.
Then keep this list of acronyms handy (or print it off and post it by your computer for future reference) and you'll understand internet-related dating lingo in no time.