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Love Island 2019 language guide on the best famous slang phrases and words of series five

Jul 23, 2019

LOVE Island is known for its aesthetically-blessed cast members and of course, its pretty niche lingo, including muggy and snake.

But at times the Islanders' unique terminology can be difficult to grasp, so we've made you a guide to translate the cast-specific vocab…

Here is your full guide to Love Island 2019 phrases:


As made famous by Ovie, the basketball player first used the term in episode 38, during a chat with his good pal Michael.

After a heated talk with Amber the night prior, Ovie took Michael for a private chat to discuss the way in which he approached his former Island partner, saying that his demeanour to the beauty therapist was anything but gentle.

Ovie stressed that Michael would have never spoken to his Marj like that, meaning the firefighter's mother – and Michael certainly didn't disagree.


The word has taken on a new meaning thanks to Ovie Soko, who appears to say it every time someone says: "I've got a text".

Some fans of the show recently pointed out the professional basketball player was making reference to the '90s comedy flick Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.

The parody film features Keenen Wayans as a comedy character who pops up to point out that someone has learnt a lesson, by shouting "message".

Ovie, 28, has been doing the joke practically ever since he first appeared in the villa.

Dead Ting:

As made famous by Amber Gill in episode 27, a dead ting is someone who is deemed to be boring and extremely dull.

Mind you, Amber had used the term to describe Joanna Chimonides following Michael Griffiths' decision to recouple with the model.

Apparently, Amber seems to think that Joanna doesn't bring much to the table and is therefore deemed a dead ting in her eyes.


Lucie Donlan, the 21-year-old from Newquay, said that "bev" is used to describe an attractive man.

She explained: "A bev is a hot guy, if he’s your boyfriend he’s your bev, but if he’s not your boyfriend he’s a bev.”

However, many fans went on Twitter to discourage her from trying to make "bev" happen followed by Mean Girl memes.

One viewer wrote: “I hate (and I can’t stress this enough) Lucie trying to make "bev" a thing #LoveIsland.”


According to Love Island presenter Caroline Flack, this will be the catchphrase to remember from season five.

During This Morning's interview with Alison Hammond, she said: "The next big phrase, it's going to be breadcrumbing.

"It's when you leave little pieces of bread for someone. When you lead someone on."

The Urban dictionary's definition is very similar and reads: “The act of sending out flirtatious but non-committal text messages (i.e. ‘breadcrumbs’) in order to lure a sexual partner without expending much effort".


Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague coined the term during a date in the villa's garden, following a chat about vocabulary.

The duo agreed the word would be their code for when they are annoyed with one another.

Explaining, 20-year-old Molly Mae said to him: "Like, if you're getting p****d off, I'm getting chived."

But Love Island fans were less than impressed with them using the herb in a different context.

Fanny flutter:

After Maura Higgins made her arrival, the grid girl couldn't stop talking about having "fanny flutters" over Tommy.

Of course, that's not the only provocative thing she's said since entering the villa, but what does it actually mean?

Fanny flutter is a tingling sensation a woman gets in her vagina when she's aroused by another man and wants to sleep with them.

It's believed that having a fanny flutter can also mean a woman is on the verge of reaching her orgasm – which would mean Maura has had quite a few since joining Love Island.

It is what it is:

This is probably not a Love Island cast major invention – but it was heavily used in the first episode which is why we decided to include it in our list.

During the first coupling ceremony several of the guys used the phrase to explain how they felt.

For example, when Michael Griffiths was relegated to the subs’ bench, Caroline asked him how he felt, to which he replied: “It is what it is”.

The phrase means: “The situation, circumstance, or outcome has already happened or been decided or established, so it must be accepted even if it is undesirable,” according to The Free Dictionary.


The term is used to describe a complete and utter idiot, generally a man who is behaving soft and pathetic about a female.

For example: "I'm acting like an absolute tuna melt over this girl."

Factor 50

The phrase is in reference to the sun cream and is used to describe someone who is 'putting it on thick' – trying too hard.

Factor 50 was heavily used in season four of the ITV2 reality series to explain how contestants should not behave.


Although the origins of the word "grafting" is unknown, it has been a staple in Love Island since the series overhaul in 2015.

The term is used to refer to someone who is trying to make the moves on someone else.


Connection is a way of saying you fancy someone, however, it is meant to sound more meaningful.

My head's been turned

The phrase is another way of saying 'I fancy someone' and is regularly used by the Islanders in the villa.

Contestants often use the expression when they are referring to a new arrival.

Where's your/my head at?

A person will use these group of words when they are trying to figure out how they feel about someone.

The majority of Love Island contestants use the term at some stage during their time on the show.

Girl code

Although girl code is not exclusive to Love Island, it is a term which is regularly used by female contestants.

It is used to describe a female pact which should not be broken even for an attractive man.


Someone who is described as a "snake" is typically unkind, scheming and deceitful.

What were the Love Island 2018 most famous phrases?

Series four featured all your favourite sayings plus some new ones…


The word took on a WHOLE new meaning with season four's Georgia Steel using it at every opportunity.

She demanded loyalty and claims to be loyal above everything else.

Drop Me Out

Essex slang for "Oh My God!" – an expression of disbelief or shock.

Muggy/Mugged Off

To be "mugged off" means to be taken for a fool or a mug.


Prangy is a term used for feeling anxious, paranoid or scared – particularly at the prospect of someone new entering the Love Island villa.


In the Love Island villa, a grower refers to someone who can slowly become more confident and outgoing as the series goes on.

But it can also refer to a love interest who "grows" on you.


Fishing means "fishing for compliments" when trying to win over your love interest.

Laura Anderson accused Adam Collard of fishing when he was deciding who to couple up with.


Chirpse means to flirt or chat someone up.

It's possibly derived from "chirp" – the high pitched noise birds make.

At any rate the chirpsing of the contestants that year ruffled a few feathers in the villa.

Do Bits Society

The term was invented by Wes Nelson on June 21, 2018, to refer to those islanders who had taken things to the next level in the bedroom.

The 20-year-old came up with the idea after things got a bit steamy for him and Laura beneath the sheets.

"Until one does bits, one cannot have the password to the Do Bits Society Club," Wes declared.

"Nothing goes on there, it’s pretty shit really, but everyone wants to be part of the Do Bits Society Club."


The word has been thrown around as if the Islanders are in the midst of, well, a pie fight.

The meaning behind the meaty word is to be rejected by someone.

It's not unreasonable to think that the term derived from the slapstick act of smashing a pie into the face to cause humiliation.

When can I watch Love Island on ITV2?

You can get your fix of the show every weekday night on ITV2 from 9pm where the main show gives us the lowdown on all the goings-on in the villa – from couples cracking on to singletons getting mugged off.

Saturday night's show differs from the rest of the week, as it is a round-up of all the best bits from the villa that week – and maybe some unseen footage!

If that’s not enough, you can also watch Caroline Flack's spin off show Love Island: Aftersun on Sunday nights at 10pm after the main show has aired where she discusses the latest action with celebrity guests as well as those eliminated from the villa.

Like 2018, the show is likely to last eight weeks meaning the grand final could be around July 29, 2019.

Who will be this year’s winning couple? Stay tuned!

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