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Welp, now "cushioning" is a new word in the language of love

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Ah, the tricky world of modern dating. A new term emerges on the regular to describe some sort of action that you should probably know about if you’re on the market. This time around, the dating term is “cushioning” — and while the action the word describes is nothing new, you’ll want to get cozy with the definition, so you know what to look out for.

Although cushioning sounds like it could be kind of nice, it so isn’t. It’s all about having some people on the backburner while you’re kind of dating someone else.

The full definition of cushioning, according to the all-knowing Urban Dictionary, is:

“A dating technique where along with your main piece you also have several ‘cushions,’ other people you’ll chat and flirt with to cushion the potential blow of your main break-up and not leave you alone.”

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