Dating profile jargon explained

07 April 2016

A fun look at some of the jargon and abbreviations you might spot when browsing personal ads and online dating profiles.



WLTM Would Like to Meet. Would Like to Marry is considered desperate at this initial stage.

GSOH Good/Great Sense of Humour. Pointless saying this as no one ever says N(o)SOH. Really should be qualified; you may be amused by the wit of Gallic comedy essayist Alphonse Allais (in the original French), he/she may have the complete On the Buses box set.

Distinguished Probably not under 70. Suggests a bit full of themselves. Clipped military moustache a strong possibility. Won’t be slow to tell you their life history, which will probably be ‘far more interesting’ than yours.

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Solvent Do not use this to describe your own financial position as it could well trigger high-level Gold Digger Interest. It’s a quality required in a prospective partner to warn them that they can pay their own way, at least initially. The downside is that you may be seen as hoping to get your own debts bailed out. The upside is it’s unlikely to be interpreted as referring to recreational glue-sniffing.

Genuine Suggests previous relationships haven’t gone too well, let down by previous partner. May well be on the understandably suspicious side. Expect lots of questions about your background on first date.

Discrete Current partner not aware that I’m advertising.

Fun afternoons See Discrete

Outgoing First date will probably be in a pub, as will the second, third, fourth etc. You get the picture. May well make a pass at your best friend. See also Bubbly.

Enjoys cosy evenings in front of the fire Possibly agoraphobic, possibly socially inept or chronically shy. Can afford heating bill.

Bubbly Enjoys a good time, likes a laugh. Drinks Prosecco.

Playful Has an Ann Summers account.

B&D Not a typo for bed & breakfast. Bondage & discipline.

FWB Friend with Benefits. Not looking for a real commitment. Good chance of meaningless sex.

DTE Down to earth. What you see is what you get. Little danger of misunderstandings through nuanced conversation.

FLUFF A fan of female-authored romantic fiction – more chick-lit than Jane Austen.

Dog lover You will always come second to my Labrador.

Athletic build Fit, works out. Possibly narcissistic - you may wonder why they’re advertising in the first place when they already have themselves.

Cuddles Don’t expect to jump into bed on the first date.

Cuddles, maybe more Maybe not.

Presentable Will sponge out gravy stain on tie before meeting on first date. Has own comb.

Sincere Doesn’t really mean anything. No-one ever got a date claiming to be ‘insincere’. See also Genuine.

Professional gent As opposed to amateur.

Broadminded Does not necessarily indicate a wide acceptance of the world at large. However, open to ideas in certain situations.

Well-travelled A) I have a fund of great stories to tell of my experiences around the world or B) I have a long commute.

Enjoys travelling Cheerio, then.

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