By Paola Hernandez, eFlirt Expert
A picture may be worth a thousand words-- but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to write the best online profile you can. Think of it like you're writing up an advertisement. Grab your match's attention by using the right words and inspire him to send you a message. Also, keep your sentences simple and straightforward. You don't want to scare "Mr. Potentially Right" away by using strange words or phrases. Here are ten words to leave out of your online dating profile.
1. Moist. For some people, this word is a complete turn-off in any context and just sounds creepy. To be safe, avoid it at all costs — even if you’re only talking about the weather.
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2. YOLO (“You Only Live Once”). If living every moment like it’s your last is your current mantra, simply say "carpe diem." Not only will it make you sound cultured, but people won’t think you’re a wannabe rapper or hip-hop artist.
3. Hoodrat/Thug. No one who wants respect would refer to anyone (or themselves) as either a hoodrat or thug. They’re demeaning terms and have no reason to be on your profile.
4. Fantabulous. Making up your own words was fun when you were 8-years-old. But at 28? Not so much. Save it for when you’re Gchatting with pals.
5. Seductive. Being seductive in person isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but saying the word itself on your online dating profile might indicate you’re looking for a one-night-stand. If you want something more substantial, stray away from using similarly sensual adjectives.
6. Luv/Werd. Spell check is embedded in most Web browsers, so make sure you use misspelled words in the right context. You don’t want others to think you’re uneducated if you’re not.
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7. Horny. Red flag alert! No one needs to read this online. Keep it classy and hide your dirty thoughts to yourself.
8. Expl*t!ve$. No one likes a dirty mouth, so clean it up! Stay away from using profanity in your profile. Not only will you come off as immature, but it’ll look like you won’t be able to properly behave in public. Use terms such as ‘frack’ or ‘sugar honey iced tea’ if necessary, but keep your cursing off the screen.
9. Depressed. No one likes a Debbie Downer or Dowdy David, so keep your profile upbeat. The more positive energy you have in your profile, the more you’ll attract potential matches.
10. Picky. While most would assume this applies solely to women, men are just as guilty of using this word. Including it in your profile is sure to drive away potential partners. Keep an open mind when looking for your perfect match — remember, it only takes one.
What words or phrases do you think are red flags in an online profile? Tell us in the comments below!
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Paola Hernandez is a Copy Cutie for eFlirt Expert, an online dating consultancy that helps singles navigate the intersection of dating and technology. Through one-on-one services, Certified eFlirters write singles’ online dating profiles, decode their date’s text messages, school them in Facebook flirting and inspire them to download new technology. Focusing as much on the in-person element of relationships as Web dynamics, eFlirt Expert takes your online crush to offline love. Follow their blog, which won the About.com’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Dating Blog for free dating advice and online dating deals.