IF YOU’RE looking for some-one this cuffing season, avoid a flashpanner – or someone who loves Gatsbying.
These are just some of the terms lonely hearts are using for the character traits of potential matches on dating sites.
Snow-storming is a way to cleanly end a relationship with no drama
One of the newest is “snow-storming” — actively letting go of a relationship by ending things with a clean break.
Confused? Here is all the dating lingo you will ever need.
BREADCRUMBING: Leaving “bread-crumbs” of interest, such as constant messages that never lead to a relationship, or even that first date.
CASPERING: This is ghosting, after the movie Casper The Friendly Ghost, but in a nice way — when you kindly offer an explanation beforehand.
C**KFISHING: If someone sends a picture of their privates but uses editing software to make it look larger than it really is.
CUFFING SEASON: The chilly autumn and winter months, when you are suddenly struck by the need to have a partner.
FIREDOORING: Being subjected to this is when the access is entirely on one side — so you are always waiting for them to call or text and your own efforts are shot down.
FISHING: When someone sends out the same message to a load of people to see who would be interested in hooking up, waits to see who responds then takes their pick of who they want to get with.
Once they choose the one they like, they never reply to the others.
FLASHPANNER: Someone addicted to the exciting, honeymoon start of a relationship but who can’t handle the hard bits that might come after commitment.
GATSBYING: To post a video, picture or selfie to public social media purely for a love interest to see that image.
MICRO-CHEATING: Being unfaithful without physically crossing the line. Includes sexy texts and pictures.
MOUNTAINEERING: Reaching for people who are out of your league.
PAPERCLIPPING: If someone sporadically pops up to remind you of their existence, just to prevent you from ever fully moving on.
SCROOGING: Dumping someone right before Christmas so you don’t have to buy them a present.
SNEATING: Sneaking eating — geddit? — when you go on dates just to chow down on the free meals.
SUBMARINING: Someone ghosts, then suddenly returns and acts like nothing happened.
V-LATIONSHIPPING: Last but not least, this is when someone you used to date reappears just around Valentine’s Day — usually out of loneliness and desperation.
‘Gatsbying’ is posting on social media just so a love interest can seeCredit: Alamy