Dating terminology

Let's start with this OG of modern dating lingo.

Ghosting occurs when a person suddenly halts all forms of communication with the person they've been dating, ostensibly hoping the ghosted person will get the hint without the ghoster having to break up with them.

Like submarining, zombieing is when someone who previously ghosted on you reappears in your life. If you're being zombied, it's usually more of a throwback — like your high school S. sliding into your DMs a few days before your ten-year reunion.

While it's not exactly lying, it's still deceptive, and it might leave you feeling duped after a date.

This is an escort terms / escort slang dictionary of words used to describe various sexual activities in escort ads. This is a catch-all to refer to the various aspects of negotiated, mutually consensual exchange of power between two consenting adults.

They don't make serious moves to deepen the connection, but they don't extinguish the hope of a future relationship, either.

It's like when an athlete is benched during a game: They're not actually playing but they get put in later if the coach needs them.

In some ways, being ghosted can hurt even more than being outright rejected because it opens the door to unanswered questions, depriving you of closure.

According to psychologist Jennice Vilhauer writing for , mental health professionals compare ghosting to giving someone the "silent treatment," which is considered a form of emotional cruelty. Haunting is when a person continues to interact with you on social media you've stopped seeing each other.

There's just one problem: You haven't met a single one of their friends or family members, and, come to think of it, they haven't posted any photos of the two of you on social media. Picture this: After an amazing handful of dates with someone, all of a sudden, they disappear. You pick your ego up off the floor only for them to text you weeks later, asking to hang out again as if nothing happened.

Congratulations, they just might be stashing you — in other words, they're keeping you separate from the rest of their life, possibly in order to date other people at the same time. This is submarining, or peacing out and then popping back up like a submarine resurfacing from underwater.

As Bela Gandhi, founder of date coaching company Smart Dating Academy, explained to Today, breadcrumbing is "leading somebody on with no intention of following through," often to get attention.

This behavior can manifest in a variety of ways: a random text just to "check in" here, a flirty 2 a.m. But the breadcrumbs don't lead to actual plans, making this a really frustrating — and potentially heartbreaking — dating behavior.

Each sex term is followed by a definition and every escort abbreviation is explained. Regardless of the depth of the relationship, consent, safety and sanity are the cornerstone of this lifestyle.

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