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Environmental vocabulary

Relationship Vocabulary

Here is some vocabulary to describe some of the different stages of a relationship. Practice your love vocabulary with Philip your Skype Class Teacher.

Chat up – starting a relationship 

to chat (somebody) up
to talk to somebody in the hope of starting a romantic or sexual relationship

to flirt (with somebody)
to behave playfully towards another person who you are – or pretend to be – attracted to romantically or sexually

a flirt
a person who likes to flirt

a blind date
a meeting (arranged by a third party) with a person you might be interested in romantically but who you have never met before

lonely hearts
small ads (in newspapers, magazines or on the internet) which give a short description of a person you would like to date. To save space, some of these abbreviations are used:

WLTM – would like to meet 
GSOH – good sense of humour 
LTR – long-term relationship

Loved up – being in a relationship

to be smitten with somebody
to be deeply affected by your love for somebody

to fall for somebody
to fall in love with somebody

it was love at first sight
two people fell in love with each other as soon as they met

to take the plunge
to get engaged/married

I can hear wedding bells
I suspect that they are going to get married soon

terms of endearment

names people in love give each other or call each other:

darling 
sweetheart 
love 
pet 
babe/baby 
cutey pie 
honey bunny 

Break up – finishing a relationship 

they are having a domestic (informal)
they are having an argument

they have blazing rows
they have very serious, often noisy arguments

(s)he is playing away from home
(s)he is having an affair

to break up with somebody
to finish a relationship with somebody

to split up
to break up

to dump somebody
to finish a relationship with somebody without much thought for the other person

break-up lines
(fixed) expressions, often sweet or apologetic, used to tell a partner, girlfriend or boyfriend that the relationship is finished or is going to finish:

We need to talk
I just need some space
It’s not you, it’s me
I hope that we can always be friends
This is hurting me more than it is hurting you
It’s not enough that we love each other
It simply wasn’t meant to be

 

MP3 Download about love letters during Wartime from the BBC.