Online dating terms – A guide to understanding dating slang

Trying to follow the abbreviations used in online dating sites can be, well, trying. It’s easy to get lost in the slang that other members of the virtual dating community use as shorthand. Everyone knows what LOL means (‘laughing out loud’ NOT ‘lots of love’) and ASAP (as soon as possible). Anyone who saw Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Female is never going to forget SWF, but there are many others you may not be familiar with. BDSM? (bondage discipline/domination submission/sadism masochism) I’m sure you ‘Fifty Shade of Grey readers out there knew that one already! DDF? (drug and disease free) good to know, although a little frightening to be honest.

Drawing Down the Moon’s Top Ten

We’ve already seen the common and the slightly more intimidating ones so here’s a list of some that we feel might be of greatest use.

F2F – Face to Face
FWB – Friends with Benefits (be careful as this means sex with no strings attached)
GMTA – Great Minds Think Alike
GSOH – Good Sense of Humour
GTSY – Good To See You
IMHO – In My Honest Opinion
MM – Marriage Minded (almost anything starting with M means they’re married)
NB – No Baggage (children/ex-spouses)
SINK – Single Income No Kids
WLTM- Would Like To Meet

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list. There are plenty more out there and new ones are being created all the time. Check out this link for a few more useful/sometimes scary abbreviations.

Feel this isn’t really for you?

Don’t worry, we completely understand. The minefield that is online dating isn’t for everyone. Navigating the above abbreviations, trawling through photos of prospective partners (with the thought of what Photoshop can achieve running through your mind) and hoping that, in the end, you’re not heading off to meet a crazy person can be off putting to say the least.

Here at Drawing Down the Moon we’ve honed our matchmaking over 30 years and have helped tens of thousands of intelligent London singles find their soul mates. Our personal approach makes it easy for you to relax in the knowledge that our elite matchmaking team has it all in hand.

So go ahead. Make yourself a cup of tea, or pour a glass of wine, pick up the phone and call us for a friendly chat on 020 7224 1001. Or you can request a call back at a time that suits you by filling in this simple Ringback Request form.

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