Decoding Dating Language

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

We’ve reached a point where traditional dating advert abbreviations have blended with modern acronyms and emojis.  We’re having to Google peoples’ profile text to find out WOE (What on Earth)  everyone is saying. So for those of you who aren’t fluent in this new fusion of languages, we’re outlined some of the most popular ones for you.


LOL — meaning Laugh out Loud, is one of the most overused acronyms in modern language. It’s usually used to end a funny story. For example, ‘I spent the whole day with my skirt tucked into my knickers, LOL’.

ROFL is also a popular way to show that something is really funny. ROFL means Rolling on the Floor Laughing. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t rolled on the floor laughing since I was under three feet tall and didn’t have quite so far to get down to it.


This hashtag is often used to highlight something that is not socially acceptable and is slightly embarrassing, but isn’t causing harm to anyone. For example, ‘If you want to get me on the dance floor, you just need to play Agadoo #sorrynotsorry’.


WLTM was used in newspaper dating adverts to mean Would Like to Meet and it has become popular in online dating profiles as well.


Kisses, shown by using an ‘x’ are often used to to sign off messages and even profile text. The only difficulty comes with how you should use them — is one kiss enough and are three kisses too many?

If you are unsure about how many kisses to put, try to match your intended recipient’s amount in a message and go for as many as you like in your profile text.


Emojis are little images that are used in place of words. The most popular emojis are the heart, the smiling face and the crying face. The smiley face and the heart are pretty self-explanatory, but the crying face is used when something is very funny.

What’s your favourite acronym, or emoji? Let us know via Facebook, or Twitter.