Dating Terms Inspired by Catfishing
Sara K. Runnels

"Catfishing" is when an online romantic interest turns out to be someone else—your classic bait and switch. Here are some more aquatic-wildlife-inspired dating terms to keep in mind when meeting someone new.

Starfishing

When your date has star quality but is really a brainless, opportunistic bottom feeder.

Anchovy-ing

When you use a date as bait to get the attention of a better date.

Octopussing

When someone is dating eight people at once.

Tilapia-ing

When a date is mild, white, and forgettable.

Seahorsing

When a date takes things so slowly that you wonder if they’re dead.

Blowfishing

1. When your date is mostly toxic.
2. When you puff up under date-induced duress.

Goldfishing

When you flush memories of a bad date down the toilet.

Eeling

When you feel an immediate spark, but it’s not mutual.

Sharking

1. When a date has jaw-dropping features.
2. When you’re missing a limb after a date.

Stingraying

When a date makes it clear that you’re getting some tail tonight.

Halibutting

When a date pairs perfectly with white wine.

Swordfishing

When there’s no hope of your date being a good kisser.