New words – 16 October 2023

A man and woman facing each other across a table. The woman looks confused and apprehensive. Picture illustrating the concept of a "beige flag".
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beige flag noun [C]
/ˌbeɪʒ ˈflæg/
a sign that someone you have started a romantic relationship with is a little strange or boring but not enough for you to end the relationship

According to the TikTok users who have latched on to the term in the past month, a beige flag is an odd trait in a romantic prospect that is not quite a deal breaker, but not exactly a plus, either. As one user put it, a beige flag makes a potential partner or a partner pause and say “Huh?” for a few seconds before carrying on with the relationship.
[, 7 June 2023]
See also red flag

ghostlighting noun [U]
UK /ˈgəʊst.laɪ.tɪŋ/ US /ˈgoʊst.laɪ.t̬ɪŋ/
the act of ending a relationship with someone by suddenly stopping all communication with them, then trying to make them believe that this did not actually happen and they must have imagined it

Ghostlighting mixes together ghosting – which is where a potential love interest disappears without an explanation – with the more sinister gaslighting, which is an emotional abuse or manipulation tool where a person purposefully tries to twist information to make their partner feel as though they are in the wrong.
[, 25 June 2023]
See also ghosting, gaslighting

groundhogging noun [U]
UK /ˈgraʊnd.hɒg.ɪŋ/ US /ˈgraʊnd.hɑːg.ɪŋ/
the act of dating the same type of person again and again, even though it never ends in a successful relationship

In dating, groundhogging means you date the same person repeatedly, which never works out for you. Think back on your relationships. Do they all tend to start and end the same way? Do your past significant others have a lot in common? If you answered yes, groundhogging could very well be to blame for your relationship woes.
[, 14 March 2023]
See also Groundhog Day

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14 thoughts on “New words – 16 October 2023

  1. Anastasia

    A misprint in the definition: “a sign that someone you have started a romantic relationship WHICH is a little strange or boring but not enough for you to end the relationship”

    1. Shigeki Yamamoto

      No, it’s not a misprint. It is another way, or should I say, a colloquial way, of saying “a sign that someone with whom you have started a romantic relationship is …”

    2. Natalya

      You start a romantic relationship WITH someone, so the phrase is correct, with preposition placed at the end of the phrase (like: What are you laughing AT?), meaning SOMEONE (you started a romanic relationship WITH) IS A LITTLE STRANGE….

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