5 Top Dating Idioms Used in... 
Part 1: The Hunt for a Relationship

5 Top Dating Idioms Used in... 
Part 1: The Hunt for a Relationship

by "Slangman" David Burke

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In the first of our 3-part journey through dating slang, we'll look at some of the most popular slang and idioms used in the three parts of the relationship process – Part 1: The Hunt for a Relationship; Part 2: Being in a Relationship; and Part 3: The End of the Relationship. This is just a preview of what you can expect to hear!

1. on the rebound = eager to get right back into a relationship after having recently

      ended one.

In context:
I wouldn't ask Lauren on a date if I were you. She's on the rebound, so she may not be emotionally stable right now.

In Slangman's "Real Speak":
I wouldn' ask Lauren on a date if I were you. She's on the reboun', so she may not be emotionally stable right now.

2. pick-up line = an overused phrase aimed to start a conversation with someone you're interested in.

In context:
You actually tried to start a conversation with her by saying, "Haven't we met somewhere before?" That's such an old pick-up line! You really need to be more original than that!

In Slangman's "Real Speak":
You acshelly tried da stard a conversation with 'er by saying, "Haven't we met somewhere b'fore?" That's such 'n old pick-up line! Ya really need da be more original th'n that!

 

 

  • To blow someone off = to reject someone. 

In context:
I finally got the courage to ask Annie out on a date. But as soon as I walked up to her, she turned her back and walked away! I can't believe she blew me off like that!

In Slangman's "Real Speak": 
I fin'lly got the courage ta ask Annie oud on a date. B'd 'ez soon 'ez I walked up to 'er, she turned 'er back 'n walked away! I can't believe she blew me off like that!

4. to make small talk = to engage in light, casual conversation.

In context:
My date with Jimmy last night was just okay. All we did was make small talk the entire time because he's just not a very deep person. Next!

In Slangman's "Real Speak":
My date w'th Jimmy las' night w'z just okay. All we did w'z make small talk the entire time b'cuz 'e's jus' nod a very deep person. Next!

5. to stand someone up = to fail to meet someone after making plans. 

In context:
I waited for Ted at the restaurant for two hours but he never arrived. That's the first and last time he's going to stand me up!

In Slangman's "Real Speak":
I waided fer Ted 'it the resterant fer two hours b'd 'e never arrived. That's the first 'n las' time 'e's gonna stan' me up!

"Slangman" David Burke is a world renowned expert on American slang & idioms. He has authored over 100 books, including the popular "STREET SPEAK" and "BIZ SPEAK" series, which are used by corporations, government agencies, and universities around the world.

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