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How a decade of dating apps has changed our dating lexicon

Erika Ettin, Tribune News Service on

Published in Dating Advice

Believe it or not, Tinder was introduced to the world in 2012. Hinge followed shortly behind in 2013. And Bumble entered the scene in 2014. (Plenty of other dating apps entered the scene around that time too, but one only has so much time!)

With the introduction of these apps, who knew that our entire lexicon as it relates to dating would change so much in the last 10 years? Words that had no meaning before are now common phrases. (The same thing happened with COVID-19, but we also don’t need to get into that.)

Let’s look at a few words that didn’t exist (or, if they did, did not mean what they do now) prior to the existence of online dating apps:

Swipe left/swipe right

Even my mother, who’s been married to my dad for almost 45 years, knows that if you like something, or someone, you swipe right. And if not? Left they go.

Sure, the word “swipe” meant something before (maybe some petty theft?), but now I’ve even seen the phrase appear in everything from conversations overheard at coffee shops to the New York Times crossword puzzle!



A superswipe is essentially an extra super-duper right swipe. Really like someone? You might superswipe them.

Some people think superswiping is a bit “thirsty” (another word we don’t need to get into), but I think it’s a great tool to use to try to catch someone’s attention.



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