Ever felt a total loss for words when it came to describing your relationship status, a potential love connection, or the baffling behavior of the opposite sex? Then it is time to expand your WORDrobe with a little help from Chemistry. Each month Chemistry will post new terms and expressions that describe all the complicated stuff that once left you tight-lipped or tongue-tied. We almost guarantee you will never be at a loss for words again.   

Being single should make life a little less complicated until you have to describe being single.  Below we have 3 words that define different aspects of the single life.

Single-ish: [sing-guhl-ish] adjective.  Used to describe an unmarried individual who is a master of tongue-fu when it comes to deflecting questions about romantic relationships. These individuals are sexually active but have no interest in long-term monogamous bonding; e.g. George Clooney. Being unattached or single-ish leaves you open to acts of singleism (see below).

Single-ism: [sing-guhl-ism] noun.  The discriminatory stance smug couples and priggish relatives take on when they question and probe uncoupled individuals about their relationship status.  Meaning also includes the negative stereotyping of singles as immature, maladjusted, and self-centered (see kidult).

Kidult: [ked-Uhl-t] noun. A middle-aged  immature, maladjusted, and self-centered single male who is often spotted wearing converse sneakers and  hipster tee shirts and is an active youth culture participant.

Have you ever used any of these words in your everyday relationship jargon? Tell us in the comments below.

7 responses to “Wordrobe Lesson: Defining the Single Life”

  1. Linda says:

    Very entertaining….LOL

  2. Gsacchi says:

    Great Info – Thanks!!!

  3. Amber says:

    This is great I am going to refer all my friends to this page

  4. Kristen says:

    I know alot of guys who meet the definition of Kidult! Its pathetic

  5. Robby says:

    Why is NYC filled with Kidults???

  6. Greer says:

    single-ism? Umm that is why I am kind of sort dreading the holidays!

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