People are expressing their love like robots, getting each other thirsty, casting shadows all over the place, and seeking out THOTs instead of Baes… What is the world of online dating coming to?

Online dating is hard enough without us creating an entirely new language to go along with it. People are expressing their love like robots, getting each other thirsty, casting shadows all over the place, and seeking out THOTs instead of Baes… What is the world of online dating coming to? If you want to stay ahead of the curve, then check out my list of the 8 most ridiculous online dating slangs for 2017. 



1. Cuffing Season

This is a very non-scientific phenomenon that happens as soon as winter rolls around each year. I don’t know whether it’s the excess of hot chocolate, the essential need to snuggle on the couch, or the ‘Christmas bellies’ that make us feel just a little bit insecure, but everyone seems to need to be in a couple! Cuffing Season is that awkward little window of time between Halloween and Valentine’s day, when people desperately seek out a partner to settle down with for the winter. 


2. Throwing Shade


If you suddenly feel like you’re the butt of the joke every time you’re with your significant other and their friends, that’s probably because they’re throwing you some serious shade! Those subtle little comments and secret digs at you are known as ‘Throwing Shade’. So, if you’re getting a little chilly over there, then maybe it’s time to cut ties and run.


3. Netflix and Chill


Anyone that hasn’t been hiding under a rock for the last year will know this one. Originally, this phrase was only used by guys to try and entice their crush over for a little bit of night-time fun. However, going into 2017, it’s actually the girls that are using it as a ‘classy way’ to initiate a good ol’ booty call. 


4. Thirsty


“Oh girl… he’s so thirsty for you”, “Mate, you’ve got her so thirsty”. No, they aren't talking about a thirst quenching Pepsi. The word thirsty is now used to express how much you like someone, the thirstier you are, the more you like them. So the phrase ‘long tall cool drink of water’ from all those old cowboy movies, now takes on a whole new meaning!


5. Thirst Trap


This is a clever social-marketing technique used by women to make a man ‘thirsty’ for her. A woman will post a seemingly innocent photo with an accidental(ly-on-purpose) sexual side. For example, “look at my lovely new necklace”, where 80% of the photo is cleavage. Or, “Look at my cute new tattoo”, where the girl is only in lingerie to show off the tattoo… even though the tattoo is only on her wrist… Thirst Trap.


6. Bae


This lovely term of affection has been with us since 2014, but has now taken on a whole new meaning. Initially thought to have been a shorter version of ‘babe’ (because that extra letter made the word way too long), Bae now refers to anything that you put ‘before anything else’. So, Bae can be a girl, a guy, a pet, a pair of shoes, a friend, or my favourite, pizza!


7. THOT


If you’re looking for a committed, loving, long-term relationship, you do not want to be THOT. The literal translation is “That Ho Over There.”, how sweet! The only thing is, the ‘Ho’ in question can be anyone, even some one you’ve never met, and ‘over there’ can literally be anywhere in the world. This phrase just refers to someone who you think of as a bit of fun, not a person you would want to be in a relationship with. On the plus side, if you’re not someone’s Bae, at least you can be someone’s THOT.


8. 143


I’m not sure if this was thought up by an army officer or a police man reciting code, but this has to be the perfect example of the internet ‘taking it too far’. If you thought that saying “ily” instead of “I love you” was insensitive, then you’re going to be over the moon with 143! This is the ultimate non-heartfelt, I don't have time for you, techie way to say I love you ever. The digits represent the number of letters in each word of the phrase ‘I love you’, and it seems to be the newest trend for online dating going into 2017.

Written by Fern Coll