If you want to date in a pandemic, you’d better know the lingo
When it comes to relationships, coronavirus has changed everything from courtship to cohabitation: enter a new language of love to cover dating, dumping and divorce. Has a friend told you about their evening spent engaged in “coronalingus” just as you were recovering from a brutal “zumping”? Maybe you know a devoted “Cuomosexual”. If you want to find love in a lengthy lockdown, or simply preserve your wilting relationship, it can help to learn the lingo.
Drive-through matchmaking (noun)
The Japanese road to love
Before the pandemic, Japanese singles on the hunt for a spouse would often trade flirtatious glances at parties and other events set up by dating agencies. The coronavirus outbreak has put a damper on face-to-face rendezvous, but not on lonely hearts’ determination to find love. Now that mass gatherings risk contagion, businesses are adapting. A number of matchmaking firms are seeing a spike in interest from people eager to tie the knot and are connecting couples via online omiai (matchmaking) sessions: singletons chat and assess their compatibility via computer screens – sometimes while engaging in on-nomi (online drinking).
Some of the more entrepreneurial agencies have gone a step further. These are now organising drive-through omiai, in which singles flirt with one another from their cars, in the empty car parks of wedding halls. Cooped up in their homes alone for months, lonely and anxious about the future, more and more singletons are willing to try novel forms of omiai to find companionship, even if that involves awkward introductions from the car seat. At least if the date goes badly, they can make a quick getaway.
To get down to it (virtually) during lockdown (verb)
Sexting is even dirtier during a pandemic
Lustful couples separated by the lockdown are no longer restricted to husky utterances down the phone or typo-strewn dirty messages tapped out via predictive text (“your duck is what now?”). Instead they can swap multi-megapixel masterpieces of their genitalia in seconds. During the pandemic “sexting”, a portmanteau that strikes fear into the hearts of prudish parents, has evolved into “coronalingus” (not to be confused with the Irish airline).
Source : Economist.com