By Ellen Seidman
It's 8 a.m., and I'm caught up in the get-the-kids-to-school shuffle: shoes, breakfast, knapsacks, and no, you can't bring the vacuum cleaner for show-and-tell. Suddenly, I catch my husband giving me a funny look. "What?" I say, wondering if I have toothpaste on my cheek. "Do you know what today is?" Dave says with a wistful smile.
Um. Wait. Oops. Today is our ninth wedding anniversary. I knew it was coming up, but kid stuff had taken over my brain — signing up for swimming lessons,...
All about, into, all over: Very interested in (I'm all about him,
he's all over her, she's into him, etc).
BF or GF: Boyfriend or girlfriend.
Cougar: An older woman looking for love with a younger man (aka
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher).
DH: Dear husband.
Domestic partnership: Gay or straight couples that live together but
are not married. The partnerships may or may not be legal.
Double exposure: An Internet dating term to describe meeting someone
for the first time and discovering that they're wearing the same outfit
pictured on their dating profile.
Fembot: A female robot; unemotional woman.
Friendship divorce: A breakup between platonic friends, akin to a
divorce or separation. Sometimes, friends just drift apart and lead separate
lives, leading to the friendship divorce. While partings can be permanent, some
friends reunite and return to a 'pre-divorce' state.
ILY: "I love you"
LMIRL: "Let's meet in real life"
LTR: Long-term relationship.
Man crush: One dude's nonsexual admiration of another dude's personal
awesomeness, as in, "My BF has a Man Crush on Eli Manning."
Missed connection: A popular section on Craigslist where people try
to connect with people they've seen somewhere but don't know.
Sext messaging: Sending a naughty message via text messaging.
Shoulder surfing: Chatting it up with someone, but always
glancing over his or her shoulder for a more
SO: Significant other. A way of identifying your relationship
without getting mired in the sticky discussion of whether someone you're dating
really qualifies as a boyfriend/girlfriend.
Starter marriage: A first marriage that lasts less than five years
and produces no children. A play on the phrase "starter home."
Ubersexual: A metrosexual who also has manly qualities.