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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：43 更新时间：2017/5/10|
There is no doubt dating is difficult.
And the experience can be made even more stressful by baffling new vocabulary.
Whereas couples might once have been concerned with 'courting' and 'going steady' they are now more likely to be 'benching' or 'ghosting' each other.
The words are sometimes familiar but have been given a completely different meaning in the world of modern relationships.
Here, we reveal the definitions behind the 10 dating terms you need to know, so at least you have one less thing to worry about the next time you swipe right...
'Layby' refers to someone who is in a relationship but looking to get out. Instead of risking a period of singleness when it eventually ends, a layby starts laying the groundwork with other women or men who they might want to date next.
Those being pursued by a layby should be wary as he or she might well have a number of 'next' options lined up - not to mention the fact that they are not technically single.
There is also a good chance the layby could be needy or insecure as they are not comfortable being single.
CATCH AND RELEASE 撩完就跑
On the other end of the spectrum is the dater who practises the 'catch and release'.
This is a move favoured by those who enjoys the 'chase' part of a relationship, the first flirtations before any commitments are made.
Once the object of their desire has been 'caught', this commitment-phobe will then 'release' them without ever being pinned down.
Similar to the 'catch and release', 'breadcrumbing' is a dating approach taken by those with no intention of being tied down.
Taking its name from the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel, breadcrumbing involves leading someone on with a trail of flirtatious messages but never following through.
Some of the worst offenders might not even meet the recipient of their teasing texts.
SNACK PACK 零食袋
This playful name is given to the bag a man or woman brings when they spend the night at someone else's place. Most frequently carried in case of a one-night stand.
Items within a 'snack pack' might include a toothbrush, phone charger or spare pair of underwear. Condoms, birth control pills or other contraception are also a must.
Before couples have 'the talk' and define their relationship - also known by the acronym 'DTR' - either party is at risk of being 'benched'.
This happens when one person is unsure of their future with their current partner and so puts them on the 'bench' - as with sports team reserves - and looks at other options. If nothing better comes along, they might come back into play.
CUFFING SEASON 铐牢期
The solitude of the winter months can leave even the most avowed singletons thinking twice about their relationship status.
Long nights in front of the television are better with company, so many people find themselves wanting to be 'cuffed' to someone else.
However these passionate dalliances can often fizzle out with the change in season, when daters find themselves distracted by the sunny days and skin on show.
The true mark of a full-blown relationship is when it is endorsed or 'shipped' by the couple's nearest and dearest.
SLOW FADE 逐渐消失
The 'slow fade' is a move used by daters looking to cut ties with someone without the drama - or decency - of a proper conversation.
It sees people slowly reducing the amount of communication before it eventually dwindles into nothingness.
Warning signs include slower text responses, unanswered phone calls and an unwillingness to arrange future plans.
Like the 'slow fade', but far more brutal.
It is the act where an ex-friend or partner simply disappears from a loved one's life by completely cutting off all contact without any warning or explanation.
'Ghosting' is a treatment frequently suffered at the hands of online daters who think there is constantly a better option available.
When a 'ghost' tries to re-insert themselves into their ex-lover's life, they are like a zombie coming back from the dead.
'Zombie-ing' usually takes the form of an innocuous text message or WhatsApp - 'Hi, how's it going', or something similar.
Social media has also opened up a new playing field for zombies, who can now 'like', 'comment' or 'follow' their way back onto their target's radar.
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