By Jenn Sturiale
Surprising the heck out of pretty much everyone, "absence makes the heart grow fonder" has been scientifically proven to be true -- but not for the reason our grandmas may have believed.
According to a recent study, all that time long-distance couples spend IMing, texting, video chatting and emailing really does help them forge a stronger connection. Partners who live in the same place could learn a thing or two, in fact.
"Long-distance couples try harder than geographically close...
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 attractive prospect.
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.