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Love Island Sayings Explained: From ‘Cracking On’ To The ‘Do Bits Society’

Laura Sanders

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Love Island Sayings Explained: From ‘Cracking On’ To The ‘Do Bits Society’

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Love Island is well underway, so we've made a comprehensive guide to the most commonly used Islander sayings and catch-phrases.

From 'cracking on' to 'fanny flutters,' we've got you covered on all the Love Island lingo we expect to hear the new contestants using.

'Bev'

[noun]

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First (and probably only) used by Lucie Donlan, a 'bev' is a hot guy.

Not to be confused with 'bev' as in short for 'beverage'.

Lucie Donlan from Love Island (Credit: Lucie Donlan)
Lucie Donlan from Love Island (Credit: Lucie Donlan)

'Crack on'

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[verb]

To start engaging with another Islander with the hope of coupling up.

E.g. "I'm gonna crack on with her."

'Do Bits Society'

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[noun]

The infamous 'Do Bits Society' was established by Wes Nelson in season 4 of Love Island, after having some fun under the sheets with Laura Anderson. Eyal Booker, who went all the way with Meghan Barton-Hanson, was appointed chairman.

The DBS is an elite club for Islanders who have done something sexual with another Islander, be it a bit of 'fondling' or going all the way.


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The Islanders have been warned about having sex onscreen this year by Jess Impiazzzi from Ex on the Beach.

'Eggs in one basket'

[noun phrase]

In Love Island terms, this catchphrase means you've committed to one person in the villa and you've therefore put all your eggs in one basket.

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'Factor 50'

[Noun]

Grafting very very hard, like full on grafting somebody.

E.g. "Listen lads, I'm not gonna go all factor 50 on this one. I'm just gonna see where her head's at."

'Fanny flutters'

[noun]

First used by Tayla in Australian Love Island and later adopted by Maura Higgins in season 5, it refers to the butterflies a female Islander experiences *ahem* down there when she's attracted to a male Islander, usually sexually.

Love Island Maura (Credit: Youtube/Love Island)
Love Island Maura (Credit: Youtube/Love Island)

It's often a good gage for measuring whether somebody is worth cracking on with.

See also: 'Willy wobbles'.

'Flanter' aka 'flirty-banter'

[noun]

When Islanders are hitting it off, they tend to engage in this hybrid social behaviour which is a combination of flirting and banter. It's characterised by joking, giggling and insulting each other in cute or funny ways.

'Girl code'

[noun]

Islanders who crack on with another girl's partner do not respect the girl code.

'Mates before dates', 'sisters before misters' are alternative ways of describing the sacred girl code. Once broken, an Islander loses the respect of her fellow Islanders.

The male equivalent is 'boy code' aka 'bros before hoes


'Grafting'

[verb]

Paying somebody extra attention, spending more time with them and being extra complimentary are all characteristics of 'grafting', which is what an Islander does when they want another Islander to like them.

'Head turned'

[verb phrase]

When a new Islander enters the villa and makes you want them rather than the person you're coupled up with



'I got a text!'

[verb phrase]

A famous phrase used when one of the Islanders gets a text from the show's producers. Islanders usually get a text when a) they need to gather around the firepit for a recoupling, b) a new Islander is arriving, or c) there's a challenge or game for them to complete.

'The Ick'

[noun]

When you're not feeling it with an Islander so they just make you feel repelled by their efforts to graft with you.

'It is what it is'

[noun phrase]

When something isn't going your way, but you just accept it.

E.g.

"I think she's happy with the guy she's coupled up with."

"It is what it is, I suppose."

'Loyal'

[adjective]

Season 4's Georgia Steel ruined this word for us, after saying it 273,0496... times a day and then proceeding to contradict herself by mugging Sam off.

"If there's one thing I am, it's loyal babes. C'mon, ya know I'm loyal, man. Loyal."


'Melt'

[noun]

A melt is quite simply... an idiot.

"Don't be a melt!" an Islander might say.

'Mugged off'

[adverb]

When an Islander goes behind somebody's back or isn't completely honest with them about the relationship, that leads somebody to feeling 'mugged off'.

See also: 'pied'

In season 6, Paige told Finley off for his 'muggy' behaviour when he didn't sit next to her at the firepit when Rebecca arrived. But they must have worked it out, because the two won that series and are one of the Love Island couples who are still together.

'My head's gone'

[noun phrase]

If your head's gone, it means you're all over the place and can't think straight. This is usually a result of having one's head turned by another Islander and being stuck in a moral dilemma.

'My type on paper'

[adverbI]

An Islander's ideal type.

"He's 100 per cent my type on paper, but I'm just not feeling it," an Islander might say, baffled.



'Pied'

[verb]

Similar to 'mugged off,' it means being rejected, deceived or lied to.

It can also mean you've expressed your interest in another Islander and they've friend-zoned you and therefore 'pied you off'.



'Pull you for a chat'

[verb phrase]

When an Islander has something they want to discuss with another Islander away from the prying eyes and ears of the rest of the villa.

It's usually to see where somebody's head is at.'Shoot your shot'

[verb phrase]

Go for it - if you like that girl, you've just got to 'shoot your shot,' take a chance, if not now, then when?



'Where's your head at?'

[noun phrase]

The common way of asking an Islander where their romantic interests lie. It's usually asked by a guy wanting to crack on with another Islander who is already coupled up.

'Willy wobbles'

[noun]

Again, introduced by the Aussie Love Island contestants, it's the male version of 'fanny flutters', which occur when a male Islander is attracted to a female Islander, usually sexually.

Love Island: Australia (Credit: ITV)
Love Island: Australia (Credit: ITV)

Love Island comes to ITV2 on Monday 28th June at 9pm.

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Topics: TV and Entertainment, Love Island

Laura Sanders
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