Look back: Romantic old school dating terms and expressions

  • Our grandparents had to “woo” or court a woman back then
  • Single persons had to put their name and phone numbers in a “little black book” to find a partner
  • Lovers then were expressing their feelings through shorthand sent through telegrams

Hey millennials! You may be wondering how ‘dank’ (really cool) the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) Valentine’s day experiences of our dear grandparents were and how they found their OTP (one true pairing) and trill (true and real) partner. Yas (yes), we are going to bring in the turnt (hype) as we are going to learn TFW (that feeling when) it’s their time.

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Millennial terms aside, we are going to embark today on some of the old school dating terms and expressions being used in the old days. Our grandparents had to “woo” or court a woman either by taking them to dinner, movies and outings.

The young man has to give his school pin to his “beau” (significant other) to announce he’s very serious about the relationship; while singles had to put their name and phone numbers in a “little black book” to find a partner, as per Huff Post.

The modern-day hooking up appears comparable with “necking/back seat bingo” wherein kissing on all its forms and locations happen. Sadly, “Dear John letters” were also sent to inform the other about plans to break up.

According to Mental Floss, lovebirds may get involved in a little foolish flirtation this Valentine or “spooning” to describe their “bughouse” (crazy in love) feeling.

A partner may “dimber” (call someone attractive) his/her “dainty duck” (lover) so as to arouse a “dulcina” (sweet) romance life.

Lovers then were expressing their feelings through shorthand sent through telegrams and sometimes contain the famous acronym RILY for “Remember, I Love You.”

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Whoah! What a sweet Valentine’s then and now. There’s no better generation in love, we just express them in a slightly different way. Either millennial or from another generation, love continues to make the world better and happier.

Happy Valentine’s! Enjoy the special occasion and do not allow “prigsters” (rivals in love) to halt your joy.

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