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cuffing season1

noun Compounding
The fall and winter months during which people who would, in the spring and summer, be inclined to not be “tied down” by a relationship, instead start pairing up because of a desire to have a serious relationship
 
This word is used in casual conversation, although not very frequently yet; it seems to have popped up in the mainstream media more than anywhere else. When I asked various friends, all of them said they had not heard of it. Cuffing season is a very useful word, though, because it describes a phenomenon for which there is no other word in English. It is evident that as the “cozier” seasons approach, people want “cuddle buddies” and hence start pairing off during the winter. I don’t know of a corresponding word for the warmer seasons, but people tend to want to have “wild and free” summers, which is the opposite sentiment of cuffing season.
Etymology : The first part of this word comes from the mid-14th century word cuffe, which can’t really be traced back any further but originally meant “hand covering.” This word experienced metonymy and came to mean “a piece of clothing that wraps around the wrist.” Hand cuffs were a blend formed in the U.S. in the 1920s to refer to the metal restraining devices that hold a person’s hands together. At some point in English, perhaps around the 1980s, people started referring to other people in relationships being tethered to each other in various ways (“joined at the hip,” “inseparable”), and handcuffed to each other. This being stuck to each other is seen as a negative characteristic and something to be avoided in relationships because it might limit each individual, but during the fall and winter, when people want cuddle buddies and cozy nights, this linking is not seen as such a bad thing, and people seek to be cuffed. Season comes from French saison.
Source : “So, when I first heard the term ‘cuffing season,’ I thought it might be a vintage Jazz Age slang term.” -“Where Did the Term ‘Cuffing Season’ Come from and What Does It Have to Do with Fall?”, People, November 2016
Last modified: 4 December 2016


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