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Dating abbreviations you need to know


Back in our times, we kept it classic. We were either set up by our BFF with a guy or we chose to go on dates with people we already knew. Now, I cannot even remember when was the last time I was set up with a guy by my friend.

The dating scene has changed a lot. There are apps to pick dateable material men and women like a pack of litter. The scene is so convenient. Like sorting out dresses, we can set filters to find the exact person who fits our imagination. It’s crazy out there.

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With dating scenes, the lingo has scaled up (or down, you choose). Like it’s so hard to type out three extra words instead of being cool and abbreviating it. In case you are as dim about dating lingo as I am, read up to get street cred for being totally cool with the lingo.


Meaning: Friends with benefits.

Something the millennials are familiar with and has caught up sooner than we thought in the Indian scenario.
This is a relationship, something with no strings attached. A relationship where you have a physical relationship, no emotional baggage, a relationship to please the flesh.

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Meaning: Before anyone else.

When someone says “She is my Bae”, it doesn’t necessarily means romantic. It can mean a friend, a BFF, or the partner.

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3. FML:

Meaning: Fuck my life.

Used to express exasperation, feelings of despair. An abbreviation to used to communicate a situation you cannot get out of.

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Meaning: I don’t know you.

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5. AF:

Meaning: As fuck.

This one has come around and can be used anywhere.

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6. BDSM:

Meaning: Bondage and Domination, Sadism and Masochism.

The term is independently sexual and it means exactly what it sounds like. Thanks to Christian Grey, this term has caught on really well in India.

7. DTR:

Meaning: Define the relationship.

In simple words, it’s a cool abbreviated word for “Where exactly are we in the relationship?”

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8. DTF:

Meaning: Down to fuck.

People using this don’t want to beat around the bush. They say exactly what they want and that is to have sex.

9. BRB:

Meaning: Be right back.

If you are having a conversation with someone and have to step outside to pee or poop or to carry on a chore, the polite ones use this.

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10. LMIRL:

Meaning: Let’s meet in real life.

When you have come to know the person well, and want to take the relationship to the next level.

Use as many as you can and pretend to be the cool chick you are so not. Good luck!

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