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Orbiting, Cloaking, Cookie Jarring? The Modern Dating Definitions You're Hopefully Avoiding

Are you being breadcrumbed?

Make way for cuffing season. 

The dating landscape evolves quickly. So much so, that, pocket dictionaries are worth investing in. 

Nevermind the fact that dating itself is an endless minefield of second-guessing, but now we have a whole range of systemic definitions to look out for while attempting to navigate the waters. 



When the person your dating suddenly cuts off all means of communication as a way of breaking ties without confrontation.


The process of standing up someone for a date while also blocking them on any apps on which you’ve previously communicated – akin to donning an invisibility cloak.

Cookie Jarring:

When you’re in the position of dating someone for a while, but feeling insecure about where it’s going so you latch onto a ‘back-up’ partner – the rationale being that, if it doesn’t work out with your more long-standing partner, you have a fall-back option.


When you’ve had a romantic relationship with someone which fizzled out, but they regularly ‘like’ your posts or watch your Instagram story – so it is hard to get them out of your mind.


The act of sending flirtatious, sporadic, and non-committal text messages to a romantic interest in order to keep the interest alive without expending any effort. 


When someone who you are dating regularly and getting to know on a deeper level seems to fall off the face of the planet, avoiding calls and in-real-life contact, before re-emerging just as you think you are over them, acting as if nothing has happened.


When you go way back in someone’s social media history on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and “like” something from a long time ago in order to let them know you’re thinking of them. This can alternatively be when you mistakenly like something from 2012 on someone's Instagram and immediately wish there was a back button for real life.


When someone who ghosted you in the past suddenly comes back into your life, usually with a random text or a like on Instagram.

Cuffing Season: 

Starting in the early autumn, this is the time of year when singles want to partner up and settle down so they have someone to hang out with during the cold, mostly indoor months of winter.


‘Just like ‘Girl with Balloon’ was shredded and ruined on purpose, this is a breakup that is carefully planned way in advance.’

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For the full article, check out this month's Irish Tatler. On shelves now.

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