PAXMANNING and Keanu-ing are among the new dating trends to watch out for in 2020, as people continue searching for their lobster.
As we head towards a new year – and a new decade – experts have revealed the frustrating new dating lingo singletons need to be aware of.
We’ve all heard of ghosting and cuffing, but next year will be all about Keanu-ing, Jekylling, Rossing, Dogfishing – and you may even be Elsa’d.
Matchmaking app happn revealed the dating vocabulary set to be everywhere in 2020, so you’d better familiarise yourself with the new dictionary of love.
Didier Rappaport, CEO and Founder of happn, said: “If you’ve encountered dating disappointments or disasters, the way you describe the experience can sometimes help to make light of the situation.
“Cultural references and puns feature heavily in the terms that we predict will break through in 2020 to describe some of the dramas of finding love.”
Happn's dating trends to watch out for in 2020
Keanu-ing is aptly named after actor Keanu Reeves, and is inspired by the 55-year-old’s new girlfriend, Alexandra Grant, 46.
The term means to shock everyone with your choice of partner, with happn describing it as: “When you get together with someone new and it’s a match that surprises people.”
Although happn added you could also saying someone did ‘a Keanu’ by choosing a partner no one would have predicted.
Jekylling gets it names from the infamous Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and refers to a relationship – or potential date – quickly turning sour.
Happn explained it is: “When someone seems nice when they first approach you but once they have been rejected, even if politely, they turn nasty and throw insults at you.”
They added this doesn’t just happen face to face, but also over messages too.
Rossing has been around for more than 20 years, but usually you’d just shout ‘we were on a break’ at each other.
In the modern world it’s now referred to as Rossing, and comes into play where you haven’t DTR – defined the relationship.
In the first few days, or even weeks, of seeing someone new and you haven’t established if you’re exclusive, is where Rossing is most common.
Happn explained: “When you date someone casually or are not officially a couple, and they pull you up for seeing other people – ‘We were on a break!’”
As you’d guess, Paxmanning is named after the man himself – Jeremy Paxman.
The broadcaster is known for asking questions in his trademark abrupt style, and if your date does the same – you’ve been Paxmanned.
The app described dates with this type of person as more of an ‘interrogation’, adding they’re: “People who grill you with personal questions on your first date.”
Frozen may be a kid’s film, but it has some real world relevance as well.
Elsa is known for her power to control snow and ice, famously building a frozen fortress to keep people out.
So if you find yourself suddenly being frozen out – you’ve been Elsa’d.
Happn defined it as: “When someone suddenly freezes you out without explanation.”
Dogfishing is like catfishing, but using your pet pooch instead of a model's pics.
If you catfish someone you essentially steal someone else’s identity and pretend to be them, but with dogfishing your mutt does all the hard work for you.
You lure people in with cute snaps of you and your pet, and they’re really only hanging out with you to spend time with your dog.
Happn said: “When people rely on a cute animal in their profile picture to secure a date.”
Meanwhile the Stuffed Bird is the perfect Christmas sex position for when you’ve eaten way too much.
Ann Summers is also recommending the Secret Santa sex position – which could be 'the gift you're sure to remember for a long time'.
Plus this knackered mum says her mornings are about turning down her husband for sex – and others can relate.
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