A new term is hitting the dating waves. It's called "freckling' and basically it means having a summer fling or romance with someone who may not be around come fall.
The website Ask Men describes "freckling" as:
Someone who, rather than coming out of nowhere and then disappearing forever, is happy to come from and then return to the periphery of your life, not staying, but not exactly leaving, either, just going dark for the colder months, potentially 'cuffed' with someone else entirely.
Freckles appear in the summer and disappear with the sun. So there you have it.
Somehow when Danny and Sandy sung about Summer Nights, it felt a bit more romantic, at least from her side.
Maybe it's over-blown egos, or the fast pace of technology, but it seems the language we use to describe a variety of relationship types is getting colder and harsher. Take, for example, these common terms: "ghosting" (completely cutting someone out of your life without telling them why) "benching" (purposely keeping someone on the sideline, just in case you want to date them later) and cuffing" (coupling up with someone during the winter months with no intention of moving forward when it warms up).
Or perhaps it is simply the youngsters' responsibility to come up with new slang, and it is their elders's job to not understand it and harken back nostalgically to the olden days.
My parents called me to ask what “Ghosting, benching, a thirst trap, zombies, R bomb, cuffing, and freckling” mean because they saw an article about it 😂😭😂 I have NEVER laughed so hard in my life— Nicole (@cottonscaresme) July 4, 2018
Of course summer romances have been going on since forever. Check out some of these trailers and wax nostalgic on past "freckles."
H/T: Business Insider