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So, when I first heard the term “cuffing season,” I thought it might be a vintage Jazz Age slang term. Like, “put up your dukes,” or “cat’s pajamas,” “making nookie,” or “the petting pantry.” I also didn’t know what it actually meant, and it brought to mind sports, or boxing. Maybe a street brawl. You know, fisticuffs.
I reached out to some friends for help before turning to Google, because I wanted to find out if I was alone in my ignorance. Was I missing out on a major pop culture moment? I posted my inquiry on Facebook, and received wildly varied responses.
So here we are: What TF is cuffing season? Urban Dictionary defines cuffing season as a seasonal phenomenon in which:
The behavior referenced by the internet-born term may actually have some
scientific sociological speculative foundation. An article by MTV posits that the behavioral evolution of cuffing goes back to our hunter-gatherer days:
“According to Darwin, individuals with maladaptive behaviors — like walking around alone in the dead of winter — were less likely to survive the cold and have kids, so their genes didn’t pass on to the next generation. Meanwhile, people who coupled up in the winter had better survival rates and, as a result, had more babies than single people did. Over time, all humans evolved to couple up in the winter because it was a behavior that ensured the species’ continued survival and successful reproduction in future generations.”
Some studies show that most babies are born in late summer, which shows that couples are definitely ~linking up~ the most in winter.
If you have someone with whom to share your bed, good for you: you’re doing cuffing season right.