Like a healthy relationship, the English language is constantly evolving, so it's no surprise that we're constantly discovering new love-related words. Some of these neologisms we hope to never hear again (cum dumpster, we wish we never knew ye), but some are delightful. Below, ten relationship slang words we hope will catch on in 2009.
To stay home with your significant other instead of going out.
"We'd planned to go to the reading, but we were so tired after dinner that we just cupcaked."
A social situation in which there are complicated relationship dynamics.
"Carol's party was such a hot room—Lily's ex-husband arrived with his new fiancé, just as Lily was preparing to leave with that male model."
An pre-sex agreement between two adults stating that they won't get emotionally involved with each other.
"I just invited Chris over to cupcake—it's a definite violation of our precop so he might not come."
To casually but purposively mention your significant other in a conversation.
"I was talking to this totally cute shaggy-haired guy who wasn't wearing a wedding ring and all of a sudden he wife-dropped!"
The Spousal We
When your spouse uses the word "we" but really means "you." Can be seen as subtle persuasion or passive-aggressive manipulation.
"We've been spending a lot of money recently—we should stop buying all those tropical fish."
The elusive perfect man. He may not exist, but it's much more romantic to believe that he does.
"Yes, I'm still single—it may be unrealistic and self-defeating, but I'm holding out for my manicorn."
A PG way to say f*ck, as used in the TV show Battlestar Gallactica. (Also the way we reveal our inner sci-fi geek.)
"What the frack? That was a really fracked up thing to do. Frack this, I'm outta here."
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