Lexicon of dating
"The word is not offensive to anyone, but let's be honest, most people know what it means," says Duncan Cunningham, director of the The Dating Lab, which runs The Telegraph’s dating service.
Men who choose harmless words like "stocky" or "well built" are also unwittingly awarding themselves extra layers of blubber.
But according to one user on Muddy Matches, the rural dating site, this is likely to scupper your chances.
Text speak suggests a "don’t care" attitude and a lack of respect for the prospective match. "A picture speaks 1,000 words," says dating psychologist Madeleine Mason, who hosts Passion Smiths, workshops and seminars based on getting Britain’s lonely hearts back in the dating saddle.
In this day and age, we would rather send a symbol of a heart via text message and let the recipient interpret its meaning than clearly articulate our feelings in person. As such, today's modern "dating dictionary" must reflect the fast-paced, tech-driven language that we now use to communicate romance.
"What it really means: Perhaps this word isn't used as frequently as the others listed, but "boo thing" has come to be one of my absolute favorite terms.